Exercise Border Bridge
Border Bridge is an exercise only and not conducted in response to a real pest or disease incursion.
What is Exercise Border Bridge?
Exercise Border Bridge is an exercise program that will assess how New South Wales and Queensland can respond to a biosecurity incident occurring across both jurisdictions.
The scenario will be based on a pest and disease incursion - one which affects livestock and the other will be a threat to plant production industries.
The main exercise will be held 5-9 March 2018 in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Why is it being run?
Exercise Border Bridge will advance Australia’s capability to respond to a nationally significant cross-border biosecurity emergency and strengthen partnerships between biosecurity stakeholders.
It is an important part of government and industry’s preparation to respond to any biosecurity emergencies.
The exercise will help us better prepare for pest and disease incursions that have the potential to damage Australia’s food and fibre production industries.
Who is involved?
Exercise Border Bridge involves participants from:
- Local Land Services
- the NSW Department of Primary Industries
- Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
- the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Plant Health Australia
- Animal Health Australia
- Australian plant and livestock industries.
The National Biosecurity Response Team
It will also integrate the National Biosecurity Response Team.
This team is a trained group of government personnel from across Australia with the essential skills to respond to biosecurity incidents.
They can be deployed into a jurisdiction where additional resources or particular skill sets are needed.
Find out more
To find out more about Exercise Border Bridge, visit the Department of Primary Industries website or read the Exercise Border Bridge fact sheet.
To access the latest media releases from the Department of Primary Industries please visit the Department of Primary Industries website.
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