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Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) BSI Certification

Environment Compliance Element Environmental Management

Domestic Biosecurity

Defence will manage biosecurity risks to minimise potential harm to the Australian people, economy and environment.

The focus of Defence biosecurity is to prevent the establishment of new pests, weeds and pathogens on Defence properties, and to minimise the risks associated with those already present.

To achieve this, Defence maintains a Biosecurity Register in GEMS, and undertakes risk assessments to determine required mitigation works. The consequences of biosecurity risks and local requirements for their treatment should generally be based on content of local lists and plans for noxious pests, weeds and pathogens.

Defence operations can provide novel pathways for transfer of biosecurity risks, and understanding these pathways is important for effective biosecurity management. Border protection measures are governed under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defence (available on request).

Implementation direction and requirements for undertaking certain environmental management activities can be found in the Defence Landscape Management Manual.


For further information and guidance on domestic biosecurity, contact the Directorate of Environment and Heritage Policy Development.

Version Control
Version No: 3.0 | Last Updated: May 2022 | Next Review: Dec 2022
Technical Authority: ASEE | Subject Matter Expert: DEHPD