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National invasive plant surveillance framework

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The early detection of invasive plants that occur at low abundance and with limited distribution provides the best opportunity to prevent the environmental and agricultural consequences associated with wide-scale establishment. It also represents the stage of invasion at which a rapid response results in cost effective management. For these reasons, the national biosecurity system, and that of each state and territory in Australia, places significant emphasis on the importance of surveillance activities, which are essential for early detection.

Surveillance, while representing a relatively small and specific part of the invasive plant management continuum, is complex and consists of several individual components such as search, detection, reporting, analysis and dissemination of information. Each component requires a number of skills and capabilities to achieve effective surveillance and to facilitate management decisions. Additionally, biosecurity threats such as invasive plants are not constrained by state and territory boundaries; hence there is often a need for cross-jurisdictional knowledge and management responsibility sharing, as well as some degree of national consistency or compatibility between the approaches used for surveillance.
The National Invasive Plant Surveillance Framework (NIPSF) aims to increasing Australia’s post-border capability for the early detection to new invasive plant incursions and range expansions of existing invasive plants and facilitate rapid response. By enhancing the required skills and capabilities needed for effective surveillance and through facilitating cross-jurisdictional communication and knowledge sharing this aim can be achieved. The NIPSF has been developed in consultation with all state and territory governments, who have identified objectives and actions that when applied nationally will enhance the effectiveness of existing jurisdictional surveillance programs.

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Published:June 3, 2013

Date added:March 5, 2019