The Biosecurity Policy and Response Branch supports the biosecurity system through providing strategic leadership and coordination to enable continuous improvement. The branch does this through the development of biosecurity policy and initiatives and the management of the policy framework for: preparedness, established plant and animal pests and diseases and responses to national biosecurity incidents. The branch is also responsible for implementing aspects of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) and conducts consultation and engagement activities to support the department’s biosecurity objectives. The branch also conducts consultation and engagement activities to support the work of the branch. What we do Established Pests and Weeds supports the development and implementation of established pest animals and weeds policy and programmes. This relates primarily to post border biosecurity activities relevant to the management, containment and asset protection from established pests and weeds. The section supports engagement with state, territory and local governments and stakeholders to deliver on national priorities. Response manages the arrangements and policies to respond to detections of exotic plant and animal pests and diseases - in partnership with government and non-government stakeholders - to assist in the effective and timely management of national biosecurity responses. Industry Engagement establishes, maintains and reviews consultation and engagement frameworks and fora with internal and external stakeholders on issues relating to biosecurity policy, issues and activities. Preparedness manage the policies and frameworks to improve departmental, Australian Government and national preparedness to respond to incidents relevant to the department's portfolio responsibilities. Biosecurity System and Onshore provides leadership in articulating and influencing policy for the Australian Government's role in the biosecurity system. This includes working with areas across the department to connect biosecurity reform initiatives, with business as usual policy, to deliver and monitor reform outcomes. One focus of the team will be articulating how environmental biosecurity policy fits into current policy frameworks.

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    GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601

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