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What is biosecurity?

Biosecurity (sometimes referred to as quarantine) is the principles and preventative measures taken to reduce the risk of the introduction, spread and establishment of diseases, pests or invasive species which may adversely affect the natural environment, agricultural production or human society.

Biosecurity is regulated by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture (Biosecurity Australia) at the national level, and by Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (Biosecurity Tasmania) at the state level.