Australia has some of the richest and most diverse environmental landscapes in the world. While our geographical isolation has played a key role in protecting the nation from the world’s most severe pests and diseases, our isolation as an island nation is rapidly changing as the barriers of time and distance become less relevant and international travel and trade increase. This is where Australia’s strict and comprehensive biosecurity regulations come in. Biosecurity controls at Australia’s borders minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering Australia and protect our $32 billion agriculture export industries as well as our unique environment and, native flora and fauna.
Australia’s Biosecurity rules and regulations are managed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, established in February 2020, encompasses the responsibilities of a number of former Departments including Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS), Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Biosecurity Australia, Department of Environment and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).