Partnering for excellence in biosecurity

Partnering for excellence in biosecurity

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is set to continue its collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), with the Australian Government allocating $7.2 million over the four years to 2020–21.

Acting head of biosecurity, Dr Marion Healy, said the investment will continue CEBRA’s vital role at the forefront of biosecurity risk assessment.

“This funding will continue the valuable partnership between the Department, the University of Melbourne and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries,” Dr Healy said.

“Our partnership with CEBRA ensures that leading science professionals continue to provide world-class research and expertise to the establishment of national biosecurity protocols and procedures.

“This research is integral to reducing the risk of pests and diseases entering the country, reducing costs for intervention and treatment and better export prospects for Australia’s agricultural produce.

“The work of CEBRA delivers a huge range of benefits to our farmers, consumers, small businesses and exporters—not to mention Australia’s natural environment.

CEBRA Director Professor Andrew Robinson, of the University of Melbourne’s School of BioSciences, said CEBRA’s research vision was devoted to the regulatory and practical biosecurity challenges faced by national governments.

“CEBRA projects are truly shared responsibilities, from inspiration to outcome,” Professor Robinson said.

“The next decade will continue to challenge our thinking as movement of people and goods continues to grow, and governments continue to look for smarter, evidence-based ways of protecting Australia’s agricultural industries, communities and environment.”

The four year extension brings the total Australian Government investment in CEBRA to $14.4 million between July 2013 and June 2021.

CEBRA projects are aligned with the Department’s biosecurity research, development and extension priorities and complement biosecurity activities under the Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper.

Source: Australian Government