Draft Queensland Biosecurity Strategy 2017-2022

Consultation on the draft Queensland Biosecurity Strategy: Our next five years (2017-2022) has now closed. Feedback is now being reviewed and will inform the final strategy.

The Queensland Government, more than 32 peak industry organisations and members of the community have worked together to produce the draft Queensland Biosecurity Strategy: Our Next Five Years (2017-2022).

Six themes underpin the draft Strategy

As a result of this work, our partnership developed 6 themes which underpinned their vision for the system over the next 5 years:

Theme 1: Collaborative governance and leadership

This theme is about finding the leaders in our biosecurity system. They are the mentors and the stewards that are willing to help others in the system move forward. They understand the value of networks and can work in collaborative models.

Theme 2: Every Queenslander plays their part

Getting people involved and changing their points of view about their role in managing biosecurity risk. This theme is about the science of behaviour change and bringing biosecurity into the mainstream.

Theme 3: Empowered to Act

We will look at the broader environment that needs to be in place to help people and organisations change and take up leadership roles.  This theme incorporates ideas such as training, skills development, incentive programs and industry liaison roles.

Theme 4: Bright ideas and better ways

Innovation is one of the key ways that we can manage risk in the future. Our partners viewed innovation as more than just drones and robots and want to see innovation rolled out in our operational, technical, and business capability areas.

Theme 5: Valuing and building on our investments

Twin ideas of doing more with existing resources and trying to build our future resource base, achieved by getting the community to place a greater value on the concept of avoided biosecurity risk.

Theme 6: Better intelligence systems

Managing risk means smarter decision-making about how we prepare for, manage, and respond to biosecurity incursions. Better tools, systems and decision-making methodologies are the focus of theme 6.

How we developed the draft strategy

The principle of co-development underpins the creation of our draft strategy. This process included:

  • a series of forums with our partnership to ensure that we understood independent recommendations about where biosecurity capability needed improvement and to articulate our shared vision for the future
  • meeting with key note speakers and experts in allied fields to learn from how they manage risk, innovate and get engagement / ownership from the community
  • developing working drafts to test for understanding
  • taking ideas from our writing group about how to move from strategy development to action planning
  • collaborating with the Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Council (BQMAC) to find ways to have our progress in future action planning be independently monitored and evaluated

Where to from here

We will develop action plans for each of the themes and ensure that the action plans are monitored for implementation and followed up in an accountable way. We will be working with our key stakeholders to develop a process for developing future plans. We have an initial proposal for how to go forward in action planning, but buy-in from our future partners will be essential for the success of the model’s outcomes. Find out more about the initial proposal for action planning.

Last updated 17 July 2017