Development of a National Incursion Management Framework for Invasive Species – Stage 1


There is currently no specific emergency management framework for the invasive animal and plant sector, although response activities may be carried out under the National Environmental Biosecurity Response Agreement (NEBRA) and the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD),
and align with the Biosecurity Incident Management System (BIMS). 

This project seeks to bring together the above approaches under a single emergency management framework. It will build on existing resources while identifying and addressing risks specific to the invasive animal and plant sector. As part of the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee (IPAC) framework, it should incorporate vertebrates, weeds and other invasive species.  




The Project Objective is to enhance the ability to prevent, detect early, and effectively respond to new animal and plant incursions by developing
a National Incursion Management Framework for potentially invasive plant and animal incursions. The framework will:  

  1. be applicable across sectors within EIC remit (including vertebrates, weeds, freshwater invertebrates) 
  2. as much as possible, be consistent with existing approaches and structures in the animal and plant health sectors. 
  3. include minimum standards/normal commitments for surveillance, diagnostics and response, drawing on existing standards from other biosecurity sectors and clearly defining the incident definition stage. 

Project Leader

Dr Malcolm Kennedy
Project Team
  • Dr Malcolm Kennedy, WA DPIRD (co project leader)
  • Dr Michelle Christy, WA DPIRD (co project leader)
  • Dr John Virtue, PIRSA  
  • Ms Karina Keast, DAWR 
  • Mr Adam Kay, VIC DEDJTR  
Project Partners
  • Western Australia as Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) 
  • Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) 
  • Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) 
  • Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI), Victoria
  • Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF)  
  • Tasmanian Goverment Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) 
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) 
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) 
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