The National Biosecurity Committee through the Environment and Invasives Committee (the NBCs sectoral committee responsible for environmental biosecurity oversight) has recently appointed our Centre to coordinate the implementation of the National Environment and Community Biosecurity Research Development and Extension Strategy, over the next two years.
The strategy aims to establish a national, coordinated and strategic approach to maximise benefits from past and future investments and generate cost-effective environmental and community biosecurity RD&E.
This specific project will form an important part of the broader efforts to reduce the impacts of pests, weeds and diseases on the natural environment and community through the implementation of well-coordinated RDE directed at national priorities and effectively delivered in collaboration with stakeholders.
To implement this strategy, CISS has brought in the expertise of Dr Matt Sheehan to take on this national coordination role.
Dr Sheehan’s involvement in the Australian biosecurity system over the past 19 years has coincided with a time of significant reform. He has played a key role in the development and implementation of these reforms and is well versed in the system and well connected to key personnel – both historical and contemporary – from the local to the national level.
As part of this national coordination role, Matt will be running a series of stakeholder workshops to gather information to ensure the roll out of this strategy is successful and to assist in developing a transition of the strategy post 2020.
This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and will work very closely with the Office of the Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer to deliver the project outcomes.
To find out more about this project – visit the project profile online.