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Sustainable-production:  Managing new pest animal and disease risk

Medium Priority

What is this issue

New and emerging pest animals and diseases.

Impacts of the issue

Potential threat to crop/stock health, affecting the productivity and profitability of primary industries. 


  • Unintended introductions (via people, plant material, animals, machinery and vehicles)
  • Poor biosecurity or quarantine failures
  • Climate change (shift in climatic envelopes & susceptible areas)


  • Difficulty in predicting when and where incursions may occur and what controls will be required
  • Control options may be limited
  • Spread may be rapid

Climate impacts and adaptation needs

Greater vigilance required in areas that experience increasing summer rainfall under climate change.

Who plays a role

  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Environment Protection Authority
  • Primary Industries and Regions SA - Biosecurity SA
  • SA Health
  • SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board 

Strategies and Actions

Early detection and containment of new pest and disease incursions, and eradication whenever possible

  • Establish surveillance programs for the early detection of new threats
  • Develop, implement and exercise response plans and procedures for the containment and eradication of priority pests and diseases
  • Build and maintain an emergency response framework to deliver effective whole of government responses to new incursions
  • Conduct emergency responses to new incursions in a rapid, professional and effective manner

Work together with industry and the community to enhance biosecurity

  • Establish effective institutional arrangements that engage all relevant government, industry, community groups and advisory boards
  • Raise awareness of people‚Äôs responsibilities in preventing the arrival and spread of pests and diseases
  • Engage industries and communities in surveillance, detection, incursion responses and recovery plans
  • Partner with land managers and aquatic operators in managing priority pests and diseases

Respond to pest and disease threats through a coordinated and effective biosecurity system

  • Assess and prioritise biosecurity risks for all industry sectors, the environment and public amenity within the Region
  • Use legislative measures and powers to effectively deal with prevention, monitoring, control and eradication of declared pests and diseases as required
  • Participate in the assessment of government capabilities, including diagnostic and research capacities and address deficiencies on a priority basis
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of an effective biosecurity system with a focus on science, risk assessment, information management, planning, training and communication
  • Have a strong influence on the development of state and national biosecurity programs and policies

Manage the spread of pests and diseases to reduce economic, social and environmental impacts

  • Identify and target high-risk pathways of entry for pests and diseases
  • Develop and implement effective entry and border control procedures and techniques for detecting high risk pests and diseases
  • Apply effective containment protocols for individuals, institutions and industries that use potentially invasive organisms
  • Collaborate across state government agencies to deliver effective and efficient surveillance, management and control programs for biosecurity risks
  • Develop and implement management plans and programs to contain spread and reduce the impacts of priority pests and diseases
  • Partner with industry, community groups and advisory boards to improve outcomes from established pest and disease management