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The Department of Agriculture (the department) leads the Australian Government in minimising the impact of pests, diseases and contaminants on Australian agriculture, fisheries, forestry and the environment. These outcomes are achieved by working with stakeholders in peace time to develop and test emergency response plans. In actual, real-life pest and disease outbreaks, the department has a lead role in the response by coordinating resources, operational and technical support as well as public information.
The department coordinates national activities to ensure a comprehensive, consistent and informed approach to preparedness and response activities for agricultural critical incidents and participates in a number of high-level committees and taskforces.
Emergency Response Plans
The department assists in the development of sector specific response plans such as:
Information during a biosecurity incident
Communication plays a large part in the response to, and recovery from, a biosecurity incident. Read more about the national arrangements that are place to make sure industry and the public is kept informed during a biosecurity incident.
BioSIRT (Biosecurity Surveillance Incident Response and Tracing) is a spatial and textual, web based software application that has been developed to enable better management of information and resources in emergency responses across animal or plant diseases, pests and incursions.
The department also conducts and participates in training activities and simulation exercises which have included:
- Exercise Odysseus
- Exercise Hippolytus
- Exercise Cowcatcher
- Exercise Eleusis
- Exercise Tethys
- Exercise Minotaur
Also see the information on the Rapid Response Team (RRT).
The department works closely with many government agencies and industry groups to ensure a unified approach to animal, plant or food safety emergencies.
Some of our partners include:
- Australian Government agencies
- State and Territory agricultural departments
- Animal Health Australia
- Plant Health Australia
- Meat & Livestock Australia
- Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
- Fisheries Research & Development Corporation
If you would like to know more about the department's role or our approach to pest and disease emergencies, email the Biosecurity Emergency Management Unit.
21 Nov 2012