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Six steps to better biosecurity

December 2019

Protect your property

Vinehealth Australia have created a six step process to help identify key biosecurity risks and how to appropriately address them on-farm.

Although written with grapegrowers in mind, it can be used by other producers to help turn your biosecurity plan into action. The ultimate aim is that the biosecurity activities you undertake become embedded in your every day practices.

1. understand the impact a significant pest incursion could have on your business
2. quantify the value of your business and what it means to you
3. be aware of the pests and diseases most likely to cause significant harm and where to report anything unusual
4. identify who creates the biosecurity risk associated with your property
5. identify the key pathways for pests, diseases and weeds to enter your property
6. implement practical steps to minimise the risk of a pest or disease incursion for each risk pathway.

These steps are a great way to get started on your biosecurity management plan. Changes to NSW biosecurity legislation that came into effect on 1 August 2019 means that visitors to your farm must comply with a biosecurity management plan and can be fined heavily if they don’t – up to $220,000 for an individual and $440,000 for a corporation under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

Having a biosecurity management plan remains voluntary, but if there is a plan in operation, it will become a legal requirement to obey relevant signs, procedures and measures outlined in the plan.

Pop into your nearest Local Land Services office to pick up your biosecurity signs which are free to landholders until 31 December 2019.