Environmental Biosecurity

13 May 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-209-8

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Committee membership (PDF 22KB)
Recommendations (PDF 21KB)
Acronyms and Abbreviations (PDF 12KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 17KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 147KB)

What are invasive species and what are their impacts on the environment?
Legal and administrative framework

Chapter 3 - Environmental biosecurity (PDF 148KB)

Distinctive features of environmental biosecurity
Economic value and environmental biosecurity
The lack of emphasis on environmental biosecurity
Proposal for Environmental Health Australia
Alternative proposals to strengthen environmental biosecurity

Chapter 4 - Recent environmental biosecurity performance (PDF 197KB)

Considerations when assessing biosecurity performance
National statistics and information on recent incursions
Regional statistics and information on recent incursions
Myrtle rust
Tramp ants—red imported fire ants and yellow crazy ants

Chapter 5 - Risks and preparedness (PDF 239KB)

General biosecurity environment
Pathways and risk assessment
Departmental resourcing and risk-based inspection system
Scientific expertise and research capacity

Chapter 6 - Marine, freshwater and island environmental biosecurity issues (PDF 191KB)

Marine biosecurity
Freshwater biosecurity
Island biosecurity

Chapter 7 - Conclusions and recommendations (PDF 93KB)
Australian Greens Minority Report - Environmental Biosecurity (PDF 41KB)

Introduction – a serious problem
Environment Health Australia
Environmental Biosecurity planning and review
Beale Review
Yellow crazy ants

Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents, additional information, correspondence and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 19KB)

Tabled documents
Additional information
Answers to questions taken on notice

Appendix 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 13KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526