What is biosecurity?

Biosecurity is the economic, environmental and community protection from serious damage of pests, diseases and weeds. This includes things like disease control in livestock and protecting the local fruit and vegetable industry from pests and diseases.

Our borders are not impenetrable to biosecurity threats, which are often unknown, unpredictable and diverse. Without effective biosecurity management, our crops and cattle, fisheries, forestry and tourism industries would be put at risk.

A community approach to biosecurity minimises the threat of plant or animal pests or diseases from impacting the Northern Territory. We all share the responsibility to identify, report and respond to biosecurity threats.

The Northern Territory Biosecurity Strategy 2016-2026 has been developed to address increasing biosecurity risks across the Territory. Read more or download a copy of the strategy.

NT Biosecurity