Ausvet recently presented to the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative ( in Sydney on the 14th of March.

The PBRI is in part focusing on surveillance to assist cross sectoral plant biosecurity. Surveillance aims to understand the pest status of plant populations so that optimal decision making and improvements to plant health can be made.

The plant sector has made important investments in biosecurity. However, they are aware there has been a significant multi-decade investment in animal health surveillance in Australia and globally. As a key innovator in the animal health surveillance realm, Ausvet was invited to present. Ausvet shared the general animal health surveillance methodology and shared some of the Ausvet surveillance innovations implemented globally over the last 10 years. These included development of new freedom approaches (risk based surveillance), development of socially based animal health surveillance information systems and big data integration and analysis.

Ausvet would welcome collaboration with the plant sector in the years to come and thanks PBRI for our opportunity to speak with our plant biosecurity cousins.

The PBRI is a new cross sectoral group comprised the nation’s plant Research and Development Corporations (RDCs), working collaboratively with Plant Health Australia (PHA), the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) industry, state and federal biosecurity stakeholders. The aim of the PBRI is to coordinate funding for research and development, deliver vital projects and attract further co-investment. In 2015-16, the plant RDCs collectively invested $62.9 million into biosecurity research, development and extension (RD&E) (IGAB report, July 2017).

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