Biosecurity is important because it protects our economy, environment and community from pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants.
Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, everyone has a general biosecurity duty – this means anyone who deals with bio-matter is required to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risks they encounter.
Being biosecure means that you:
- Take steps to prevent pests, diseases and weeds from entering NSW and spreading to new areas
- Keep an eye out for pests, weeds and signs of disease
- Report anything unusual to NSW DPI
- Have the right licences, registrations and permits
- Participating in the National Livestock Identification System, traceability and market assurance programs
- Checking machinery and materials when they enter and leave your property for unwanted hitchhikers
- Educating visitors on the importance of biosecurity
- Having an emergency disease action plan
- Participate where you can when NSWDPI are responding to incursions and biosecurity emergencies.