Biosecurity Queensland was launched on 1 March 2007. Since then, it has developed a strategic plan for biosecurity for all of Queensland.
Bringing together the biosecurity resources and functions of the former Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F), Department of Natural Resources and Water (NRW) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Biosecurity Queensland is now the agency responsible for protecting Queensland's primary industries, environment and way of life.
Biosecurity Queensland's main areas are:
- animal biosecurity
- plant biosecurity
- invasive plants and animals, such as weeds and pest animals
- biosecurity science, including diagnostics and research stations
- animal welfare and keeping
- product integrity (managing agvet chemicals and other contaminant risks)
- Biosecurity Queensland Control Centre (exotic tramp ants and Asian honeybee).
This is the first time anywhere in Australia that all biosecurity capabilities have been brought together under the one agency.
One of the driving factors in establishing Biosecurity Queensland was bringing together the right expertise and capabilities into the one central agency. As a result, Biosecurity Queensland has been able to work more collaboratively and with a more integrated approach to risk management.
A strong focus has also been invested in developing stronger relationships with industry. Industry and all key stakeholders helped develop the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy.
Biosecurity Queensland is involved in the management and eradication of exotic pest and disease incursions in Australia as part of a national approach. For information on response activities for incursions in Australia, visit outbreak.gov.au.