Journal article: An overview of biosecurity in Australia.
Threats of natural and deliberate biological agent release are very real and are of serious concern within Australia and internationally, having the potential to substantially impact human, plant and animal health as well as agriculture, trade relations, infrastructure and the economy. Biosecurity programmes and policies are essential for counteracting these threats and enabling a nation to effectively prevent and/or respond to the natural, accidental and deliberate release of a biological agent. The major biosecurity focus in Australia is the protection against invasive animal, plant and insect species; however, more recently, the threat of microbiological agents has become a priority for Australia’s national security. Australia’s biosecurity capabilities are maintained through a coordinated effort, involving national, state and local government and non-government agencies.