Help make 2021-30 the decade of biosecurity.

Launch of the Parliamentary Friends of Biosecurity

The Parliamentary Friends of Biosecurity was launched on 18 October 2023 at Parliament House, Canberra and the detector dogs were the stars of the show showing off their odour-sensing talents!

The Decade of Biosecurity project partners were thrilled to see this group commence after proposing its formation earlier this year and many of the project partners were present at the event. Here they are with the co-chairs, Senator Linda White and Mr Andrew Willcox MP, and detector dog Delta.

Parliamentary Friends of Bio project partners

This group will act as an important platform to elevate biosecurity issues and highlight the importance of a strong and well- resourced biosecurity system. 

Biosecurity Symposium 2019

Australia’s national biosecurity system faces a perfect storm with trade and tourism volumes, changing risk pathways and thousands of invasive species already in the country but yet to establish.

Business as usual or incremental improvements is not an option – transformational change is needed within a decade. This panel, recorded at the 2019 Australian Biosecurity Symposium, discusses what Australia needs to do to meet this challenge. Failure is not an option.

Moderated by Robbie Sefton, Managing Director, Seftons, panellists include:

  • Kathleen Plowman, the CEO of Animal Health Australia.
  • Andreas Glanznig, the CEO of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions.
  • Andrew Cox, the CEO of Invasive Species Council.
  • Matt Koval, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
  • Roger Smith, Head of Biosecurity for the New Zealand Government Ministry of Primary Industries (at the time of recording).