National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy

The National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy provides a framework to strengthen Australia’s plant biosecurity diagnostic system. It is one of several strategies that supports the broader national biosecurity system through its alignment with the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) and the National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS). The strategy’s vision is that by 2031 the plant biosecurity diagnostic system sustains and improves the quality and reliability of diagnostic outcomes to support Australia’s economy, environment and community. Achieving this shared vision requires collective effort nationally to ensure the people infrastructure, standards and tools used deliver the highest-quality plant pest diagnostic services.

The 2021–2031 strategy is based around six interconnected goals:

  • Strengthen national and international diagnostic connections
  • Develop the expertise to enable the delivery of world class plant pest diagnostics
  • Promote the use of innovative tools, technologies and approaches for improved diagnostics
  • Ensure appropriate, sustainable and coordinated resourcing to support the diagnostic system
  • Coordinate systems, policies and infrastructure to deliver reliable diagnoses
  • Enhance data analytics to inform biosecurity decision making

Each goal is supported by a series of actions that will guide and support national policy relating to the delivery of plant pest diagnostic services and inform investment in research, development and extension. The actions can also be used to guide state/territory, regional and local efforts or efforts by individual governments, plant industries and stakeholder groups.

Annual action plan

The 2022-23 Action Plan complements, supports and builds on the strategy and implementation plan in outlining the key activities that contribute to the delivery of the actions and expected outcomes.

The Action Plan also identifies the lead/champion for each activity to provide transparency and accountability for stakeholders across the system.

National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy 2021-2031

National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy 2021-2031 (full strategy)

National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy Implementation Plan

National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy 2022-23 Action Plan

Online version – Contents


Executive summary

At a glance


National approach to plant biosecurity

Scope of the strategy and guiding principles

Strategic direction to 2031

Related strategies

National Plant Biosecurity Strategy

National Plant Pest Reference Collections Strategy 2018