Biosecurity is the protection of farms, industries and the natural environment that could be harmed through the introduction of new pests.
"Plant pests" means organisms which affect the health of plants. The term covers the wide range of invertebrates such as insects, mites, nematodes and snails and pathogens such as fungi, viruses and bacteria.
The scope of plant biosecurity involves:
- detecting new pests early through observational and structured surveillance as well as increased general awareness of what is 'normal' and what is 'suspect'
- reducing the impacts of exotic pest threats through early detection and prompt reporting which increase the chances of containment and eradication
- protecting domestic and export markets through freedom from exotic plant pests and effective management of established plant pests.
Pivotal to the achievement of plant biosecurity outcomes in NSW is a partnership approach across government, industry and community sectors.
Further information on plant health
The NSW Department of Primary Industries website contains a lot of useful information on current issues, key pests and diseases and market access.
Another useful reference is Plant Health Australia.
Ideas on how to protect your property from plant biosecurity threats are available from Primefact 1314 on the Department of Primary Industries website.
Information on what you can do to the help protect NSW from exotic plant pests is available from Primefact 1315 on the Department of Primary Industries website. .
Reporting exotic plant pests and diseases
Early detection and reporting of suspect exotic plant pests and diseases is required. The Plant Biosecurity website includes a table of notifiable exotic plant pests and diseases.
If you see unusual symptoms on plants or suspect an exotic plant pest report your concerns promptly to the exotic plant pest hotline 1800 084 881 or report through the biosecurity email.