Surveillance and diagnostics project

The Surveillance and Diagnostics Project is a four-year $2.6 million project working to deliver world-class, quality assured diagnostic testing for plant pests and diseases that pose a risk to Queensland and Australia’s economy, environment and communities.

Key objectives of the project are:

  • the development and implementation of a Laboratory Quality Management System (LQMS) in Biosecurity Queensland’s Plant Biosecurity Laboratory (PBL) located at the Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park
  • National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation of key diagnostic tests to ISO/IEC 17025: General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

The PBL is working with providers of plant pest and disease diagnostic testing services within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), the national plant diagnostic network and other external bodies to ensure Queensland has a comprehensive and proficient testing capability for all plant pests and diseases.