The Queensland Biosecurity Strategy: Our Next Five Years (2018–2023) has been endorsed by the Queensland Government.
The strategy was co-developed by the Queensland Government, more than 30 peak industry organisations and members of the community.
In operating the system together, the partners committed to protecting Queensland's ecosystems, industries and way of life, maintaining Queensland's national and international reputation for product safety and integrity and ensuring ongoing market access for our commodities.
Six strategic themes were identified to underpin the vision for the system over the next five years.
How we developed the draft strategy
The principle of co-development underpins the creation of the strategy. This process included:
- a series of forums with our partners to ensure that we understood independent recommendations about where biosecurity capability needed improvement and to articulate our shared vision for the future
- meeting with keynote 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 co-develop action plans for each of the themes to align and build on the goals outlined in the strategy. For these plans to be successful, we will need to ensure they are monitored and reported in an accountable way.
Following a background and environmental scan, subject matter expert groups will be formed to do a deep dive on problem definition, solutions and prioritise ideas for actions each of the six themes. They will take into account strategic alignment, leverage potential, affordability and achievability to focus on priority areas for the action plans. The weighting for those criteria have been set by an independent advisory group, comprising of government, community and industry representatives.
We'll then be looking for partners to take up those actions. Some of those things we know we can do and fund right now. Some will be new avenues where we know the leveraging potential makes them immediately possible. Others will have to be implementation-ready partnership plans that can be activated in the future when funding opportunities become available.
Measuring our performance
Critical to the success of the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy will be continued monitoring and reporting against the action plans to ensure the system continues to improve.
Independent advisors will provide oversight of the key performance indicators that the partners chose when deciding to join our strategic planning agenda.