Biosecurity Roundtable

NRM South recently participated in the Tasmanian Biosecurity Roundtable, hosted by the National Biosecurity Committee together with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Biosecurity Tasmania, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).

These events are held in every state and territory each year, and are an opportunity for biosecurity stakeholders to talk about biosecurity issues directly with Australian and state/territory government representatives, a wide range of industry members and producers together with environmental and community groups.The discussions and ideas from the Roundtable will feed into the agenda for the National Biosecurity Forum and other biosecurity governance and communication processes through the National Biosecurity Statement and other avenues.

NRM South contributed to the panel discussion, explaining the role that NRM regions perform, without regulatory functions or ownership or management of land. All of the work done by NRMs is done in partnership with other organisations, landowners, producers, based on strong networks and trust whilst working with key industries and sectors in Tasmania. Active monitoring programs in terrestrial and marine environments are a key element of preventing biosecurity incursions. As NRMs are not government agencies but are embedded in local communities, they are significant spaces for early detection without fear about potential repercussions. Supported by their extensive data and mapping services, pro-active community education programs and best practice and well distributed skill sets, they are able to quickly and effectively put expertise and resources into place, develop communication strategies and support community, drawing on knowledge from the local to national level.

Key findings from the Tasmanian Roundtable were that:

  • Good relationships and trust between industry and government are vital, particularly when responding to biosecurity issues
  • Improved assessment of preparedness, including resources & communication planning; ensuring the delivery of harmonised information is critical
  • Maintenance of market access and the development of new protocols and technologies is integral to support both import and export
  • Greater resourcing and engagement with local government and NRMs will assist in both biosecurity planning and incident response activities

As part of the day’s agenda, Lloyd Klumpp led a workshop updating attendees on the National Biosecurity Statement. This is a major initiative which will provide a single national overarching policy statement shared by all biosecurity system participants. For background on the development of the statement visit

View the Tasmania Roundtable Report – 7 June 2018 Hobart

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