What is biosecurity?

Biosecurity can be defined as the protection of a nursery enterprise from the introduction of exotic pests (insects, diseases, weeds and other biological organisms) that may adversely impact on the business.

Owing to the geographic isolation of Australia, nursery production in Australia has remained relatively free from exotic pests, such as Sudden Oak Death ( Phytophthora ramorum), that have significantly affected nursery production in other parts of the world.

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Nursery & Garden Industry priority pest poster

Exotic pests have the potential to cause huge production losses and trade problems. Indeed, the detection of an exotic pest in Australia may prevent the cultivation of certain plant species and restrict intra and interstate green-life trade.

To ensure nursery production in Australia remains free of exotic pests, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is engaged in several biosecurity initiatives across Australia. These initiatives include the Nursery & Garden Industry Biosecurity Plan, the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) and BioSecure HACCP Guidelines for managing biosecurity in nursery production. Nursery & Garden Industry Australia is also a member of Plant Health Australia (PHA) which is the leading national coordinating body for plant health in Australia. The following information on biosecurity in the nursery and garden industry has been prepared by NGIA and PHA.