One Biosecurity is South Australia’s new farm biosecurity management program.
The new voluntary biosecurity program will help us to better manage, protect and promote South Australia’s strong biosecurity regime across its livestock industry.
It will also better recognise and support the role and importance of the individual producer and their on-farm management of biosecurity risks.
One Biosecurity is being designed and implemented in collaboration with the livestock industry, in particular with the assistance and support of Livestock SA.
The first release of the One Biosecurity program will target sheep, beef cattle and dairy cattle industries – and will be officially launched and open for registrations in mid 2018.
Central to the One Biosecurity program will be the ability for producers to register, manage, check and declare their farm biosecurity status online.
Once registered, producers will be able to quickly generate a government and industry endorsed biosecurity plan for their property. This can be downloaded and used not only for One Biosecurity, but for other programs that require a farm biosecurity plan.
The new online biosecurity management tool – which is currently in development - will include access to the latest disease information, best practice advice and checklist and allow producers to declare their status for a range of endemic diseases, specific to their industry.
Sign up to stay informed on the progress of One Biosecurity.
Everyone who signs up will receive a monthly email update on:
- the progress of One Biosecurity
- the latest biosecurity tips and advice
- other related news and events.
Everyone who pre-registers now will be given the first opportunity to register for One Biosecurity status.
How One Biosecurity will work
Producers who have a current Property Identification Code (PIC), as well as allied businesses such as livestock agents, buyers, saleyards and abattoirs, will be able to register and use the online One Biosecurity program.
Producers seeking One Biosecurity status will need to complete the program’s two core components:
- Biosecurity Practices Questionnaire
- Endemic Disease Risk Rating modules.
Producers who complete a successful One Biosecurity registration will be able to print and/or make available an online summary of their status and endorsed biosecurity plan to use when selling, buying or promoting their livestock.
Producer claims regarding biosecurity and disease status will be verified through online and on-farm checks, to ensure the integrity of the system. These checks will be carried out by Biosecurity SA field officers.
Why we need One Biosecurity
The State Government is committed to strengthening South Australia’s biosecurity measures and One Biosecurity will be an important new program in safeguarding the State’s $5.5 billion livestock sector, from the threat of invasive pests and diseases.
It will assist South Australian livestock producers to make safer, more informed livestock purchasing decisions that will better protect their livestock and livelihood.
It will help industry and government address the new and growing challenges of increased consumer demand for product traceability by increasing awareness that premium produce and strong market/consumer demand begins with credible and safe biosecurity practices in the paddock.
One Biosecurity will help secure South Australia’s status as a producer of healthy, market-ready livestock. It will provide credible assurances to existing domestic and international markets and help us meet potential new market access requirements.
Agents, buyers and abattoirs will also benefit from One Biosecurity. The program will give them the ability to employ credible and transparent checks for good biosecurity practices and animal health management before and at point of purchase.
This will assist all allied industries involved in the purchase and transport of beef and sheep to make more informed purchasing decisions, leading to better risk management when purchasing livestock.
One Biosecurity will also help improve disease surveillance and analysis capability, which is a vital in maintaining the State’s favourable animal health status and for the early detection of animal disease emergencies.