National Potato Industry Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy

National Potato Industry Biosecurity Surveillance StrategyThe National Potato Industry Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy 2020–25 (NPIBSS) provides a framework for peak potato industry bodies and governments to identify and coordinate national surveillance priorities and activities.

The strategy will support surveillance and ensure the potato industry is informed, resilient, engaged and globally competitive. Improving surveillance will provide valuable information to improve the response to exotic pest incursions, support domestic and international market access, and improve pest management.

Four interconnected goals, and their accompanying actions, form the basis of the strategy. The themes are:

  • collaboration and coordination
  • early detection
  • communication, awareness and training
  • industry growth and business resilience

Strategy implementation plan

National Potato Industry Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy Implementation PlanThe NPIBSS Implementation Plan 2020–25 details how the strategy will be implemented, including the importance of strong support from stakeholders, governance arrangements, and secure funding arrangements.

Implementation of the NPIBSS will improve engagement and communication, identify and reduce barriers to undertaking surveillance and reporting of new pests and promote national capture, sharing and consistency of surveillance data to improve efficiency in biosecurity management within and between industry and governments.

The long-term outcomes sought through this strategy are:

  • active support and participation of the potato industry in surveillance
  • skilled personnel who are available to support surveillance for key pest threats of the potato industry
  • improved decision making, support for crop health management and reduction in business risk.

Once implemented, this strategy will support these outcomes and facilitate the capture and collation of potato industry surveillance data nationally including regions, farms, urban and peri-urban areas.


PHA and AUSVEG wish to thank key stakeholders associated with the potato industry who shared their time, knowledge and viewpoints to make the strategy possible.

This strategy was funded by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.

Related documents and information

National Potato Industry Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy Summary

Includes the overview, purpose, scope and summary of goals and actions.

National Plant Biosecurity Surveillence Strategy

Potato industry page