Biosecurity

Biosecurity emergencies are caused when pests (including locusts), diseases and weeds have a negative impact on the economy, local environment and community.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is the appointed combat agency for biosecurity emergencies and works with other agencies such as Local Land Services to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies affecting all animals and plants, both land and water.

The process of managing these emergencies includes prevention and preparedness to minimise the impact of outbreaks, responding to emergency incidents as soon as possible and conducting recovery operations.

We all play a role in preventing and preparing for biosecurity emergencies. Your actions will vary depending on the risks and emergencies that impact you, your animals, your property, your community and your industry. It is your responsibility to:

  • plan before an emergency
  • act during an emergency
  • recover after an emergency

Visit the emergencies page on the DPI website for the current status emergencies impacting on animal, plant and agricultural in NSW.

Reporting a biosecurity emergency

If you have an animal, plant or agricultural emergency to report, please get in touch with the following authorities:

000 - Life-threatening emergencies, including bush fires

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) - For emergency help in floods and storms call 132 500

Emergency animal diseases - Hotline - 1800 675 888 (24 hours)

Emergency plant pest reporting - Hotline - 1800 084 881

Aquatic pests and diseases - Hotline - (02) 4916 3877 (recorded 24 hour hotline)

Local Land Services - To report locusts and agricultural damage in natural disasters call 1300 795 299

Biosecurity legislation

The Biosecurity Act 2015 commenced in mid-2017, replacing 10 whole existing Acts and parts of four other Acts.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 provides greater flexibility and improved capacity in the response, management and control of biosecurity risks, and supports the vision of the Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021. That is, biosecurity is a shared responsibility between government, industry and the community.

It provides for a range of tools and powers that can be used to support risk-based decision making and allow for increased efficiency and decreased regulation.

Visit the NSW Department of Primary Industries website to find out more.

NSW strategy and policy

The NSW Government work to protect the state from biosecurity threats, including animal and plant pests, diseases and weeds in line with the NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021.

The strategy outlines the responsibility of government, industry and people of NSW to work together and protect the economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of animal and plant pests, diseases and weeds

Read the NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2012-21.

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