Feedback from the consultation has been reviewed with some minor changes made to the draft Queensland Biosecurity Strategy: Our next five years (2017-2022). The overall vision remains the same and will shortly be recommended to government for adoption.
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 define and hold us accountable for common, strategic priorities across the system. 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 our future resource base, achieved by demonstrating to the community the value of managing all areas of 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 are now in the stages of recommending the draft Strategy to government. A consultation version of the draft has been updated based on the recommendations of the joint government/industry writing group who created the original consultation draft.
That version of the draft Strategy will be recommended to government for adoption as the final strategy.
Now that we have a solid foundation to work from, we will develop action plans for each of the themes and ensure they are monitored for implementation and followed up in an accountable way. For these plans to be successful, we need to work with our future partners. We will work with our key stakeholders to determine the best way we can develop Queensland's future plans for biosecurity. Find out more about the initial proposal for action planning.