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.
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. Please visit the Australian Government Have Your Say page to find out more and to make a submission to the policy statement. Consultation closes 31 October 2018. For background on the development of the statement visit agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/partnerships/nbc