With the ever-increasing global movements of people, goods, plant and animal products, there are new challenges to managing the risks that pests and diseases pose to Australia’s economy, our environment and communities.

Ausvet has recently been part of an Expert Working Group charged with refining a series of blueprints on innovation and intelligence in the area of biosecurity.

We were invited alongside eminent public and private sector experts to identify new approaches and technologies that have the potential to increase the effectiveness of the biosecurity system.

The group bought together people with strengths in a range of disciplines including data sciences, laboratory diagnostics, epidemiology, animal health, plant health and policy. Key themes included the application of machine learning, data technologies and next-generation sequencing to the management of biosecurity risks.

Blueprints developed by the Expert Working Group on Innovation and Intelligence will be considered by the National Biosecurity Committee in March 2019.