(Issued by Department of Agriculture)
Today the search begins for Australia’s true biosecurity champions through the 2019 Australian Biosecurity Awards.
Head of biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Lyn O’Connell, said the annual Biosecurity Awards are an important recognition of Australians making significant contributions to our world leading biosecurity status.
“These awards acknowledge those who have worked closely with the department and made outstanding efforts that reduce the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering Australia,” Ms O’Connell said.
“Our strict conditions protect our $60 billion agricultural industries, as well as our unique environment, native flora and fauna, our tourism industries and lifestyle.
“Biosecurity is a shared responsibility and we want to applaud the efforts of those supporting and promoting the systems which uphold it.
“There will be four award categories in 2019: the Australian Biosecurity Award – Industry; the Australian Biosecurity Award – Government; the David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award; and, the Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award.”
Nominations are now open and close on Friday 9 November 2018.
The 2019 Australian Biosecurity Awards will be presented in conjunction with the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as part of the ABARES Outlook Conference in Canberra in March 2019.
For more information on the Australian Biosecurity Awards, including the nomination form, visit agriculture.gov.au/aba.