Data Mining


Data Mining research aims to develop, test, and implement systems and protocols that provide effective and efficient inspection of large volumes of biosecurity data. The outcomes of this research will provide government agencies with the necessary tools needed to produce real-time information needed for timely biosecurity strategic decisions, as well as to design and implement new biosecurity strategies.

Data Mining projects

  • 1301A : Data mining to improve biosecurity risk profiling

    DA and MPI record the outcomes of millions of transactions on tens of thousands of pathways every year.  The resulting data trove provides abundant opportunity for assisting DA and MPI to focus their efforts where they are needed the most.  This project brings together a suite of case studies, each of which focuses on a carefully selected element of DA and MPI business, to develop new and compelling insights about DA and MPI business. The case studies also span a range of intriguing tools and opportunities, including geospatial analysis and transfer learning.

  • 1301B : Analytical assessment of leakage surveys

    Leakage surveys are a vital source of information to the principled regulator. Leakage surveys provide invaluable information about how the regulator is exercising its responsibilities, both in terms of using available intelligence, and carrying out its interventions.
    This project focuses on the statistical and human elements of carrying out and analyzing leakage surveys in airports and mail centres.
  • 1501C (1301C) : Improving ballast water risk tables

    Large marine vessels use ballast water tanks to provide stability; when the vessel is empty of cargo, the tanks are filled with water, and when the vessel is laden, the ballast tanks are emptied. The exchange of water during the loading process can create a pathway for marine pests, but the risk of invasion depends on a suite of factors, including environmental conditions at the host port, and the receiving port. Previous ACERA and CEBRA work identified several shortcomings in the modelling approach used to develop Ballast Water Risk Tables. This project will research opportunities to improve ballast water risk assessments.

  • 1501E : Compliance and risk based sampling for horticulture exports

    CEBRA will analyse inspection data provided by the Horticultural Export Program and make recommendations regarding suitable mechanisms for inspection of small or multi-product consignments, and for the intervention management of low-risk pathways.

  • 1501F : Import clearance performance management

    DAWR has biosecurity regulatory overview of a wide range of activities, including international mail, passengers and many different kinds of imported cargo.  Earlier ACERA and CEBRA work developed a set of performance indicatiors for the management of biosecurity risk for international mail and passengers, to better guide intervention by the Border Compliance Division.  This project focuses on developing performance indicators for biosecurity intervention across all other risk pathways that are managed by the Division.