Maintaining a strong biosecurity system is critical to ensuring the long-term health of Australia’s agricultural sector, animal industries and natural environment. Australia has a strong record in biosecurity science and research, and it is vital that we maintain and build on this capability to meet future challenges. A Shorten Labor Government will provide certainty for Australia’s biosecurity research sector by establishing a permanent Australian Institute for Biosecurity.
The Biosecurity Institute will build on the success of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), the Plant Biosecurity CRC, and the National Plant Biosecurity Research Development and Extension Strategic Implementation Committee. Its remit will cover plant diseases and pests, weeds, invasive animals and threats to Australia’s aquaculture and marine biosecurity.