Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards

​​​​​NOTE: Nominations for the Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards closed on 31 August 2023​​​​​​​

In 2023, Biosecurity Tasmania is hosting the inaugural Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards. The awards will recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have shown a strong commitment to supporting and promoting biosecurity in Tasmania, and the systems that underpin Tasmanian biosecurity.​

​What are the Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards?

The awards will recognise outstanding biosecurity projects and represent a platform to reinforce, recognise and promote positive biosecurity behavioural change in the industry and community. This is an opportunity to recognise those in our communities and industries who have gone above and beyond to help protect our future.

Biosecurity is foundational to the economic, social, and environmental assets of Tasmania, underpinning our multi-billion-dollar agri-food production and export industries, as well as unique terrestrial and marine flora and fauna, and pristine natural wilderness of immeasurable value to Tasmanians and visitors to the state.

Tasmania has some of the world's most stringent biosecurity regulations to protect the State's environment and primary industries from introduced pests and diseases - from both overseas and from mainland Australia.

We all share the benefits of a strong biosecurity system and the critical role it plays in maintaining the agriculture sector that allows us to continue to protect and enjoy our way of life.

What categories are there?

For the inaugural Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards there are two award categories: 
  • Community 
  • Industry
In addition, all finalists in each category will be recognised as ‘Biosecurity Champions’ and join a prestigious network of biosecurity advocates in Tasmania.

The awards will be judged by an independent Awards Committee made up of representatives from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Fruit Growers Tasmania, the Biosecurity Advisory Committee​ and Biosecurity Tasmania. 

Award Criteria

The Community Award recognises individuals, groups or organisations that make a significant contribution to delivering biosecurity outcomes in the community. The criteria are as follows:
  • ​​Designs, implements or contributes to biosecurity reform initiatives within their organisation and/or community to support Tasmania’s biosecurity integrity.
  • Demonstrates significant biosecurity integrity and raises biosecurity awareness within their operations or community.
  • Identifies, reports or contributes to the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion.
  • Reports suspicious activities that may be of biosecurity concern.
  • Makes an outstanding contribution to protecting or maintaining animal or plant health.
  • Raises awareness of Tasmania’s biosecurity requirements off island.
​​The Industry Award recognises individuals, groups or organisations that have demonstrated a significant contribution to maintaining Tasmania’s biosecurity integrity. The criteria are as follows: 
  • ​Designs, implements and/or contributes to biosecurity reform initiatives within their organisation and/or industry sector to support Tasmania’s biosecurity integrity.
  • Demonstrates significant biosecurity integrity and raises biosecurity awareness within their operations and/or industry sector.
  • Collaboratively works with the department to manage biosecurity risk.
  • Identifies, reports and/or contributes to the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion.
  • Reports suspicious activities that may be of biosecurity concern.
  • Makes an outstanding contribution to protecting or maintaining animal or plant health, and r​​aises awareness of Tasmania’s biosecurity requirements off island.

Award winners

Winners of the inaugural Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards were announced on Wednesday 6 Decemver 2023.

​Tasmanian Community Biosecurity Award winner: Robyn Lewis

  • ​Robyn has been involved in the management and conservation of the Milford Forest for many years, and has successfully implemented very strong biosecurity measures on the property. The need to protect Milford Forest- home to multiple critically endangered species found no where else in the world- is undeniable . Robyn is also passionate about educating others and regularly presents to community groups and councils on the importance of good biosecurity practices, especially when moving between different properties. 

​Tasmanian Industry Biosecurity Award winner: Nic Hansen

  • Nic is an avid supporter of the development and improvement of biosecurity in Tasmania and has been heavily involved in our biosecurity system. Nic was involved in the 2018 fruit fly emergency response in Tasmania, and worked extensively with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania both during and after the response to ensure the best possible outcomes for our Tasmanian horticultural industries​. He is actively involved in the future development of Tasmania’s biosecurity system, particularly related to our fruit and berries industries. 
Congratulations to all of the nominees of the inaugural Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards. ​



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