Pathways research develops tools and protocols for structuring the information about biosecurity threats on various exposure pathways, including traded commodities, vessels, and natural disposal pathways. The research assesses how different strategies can be used to reduce the probability of incursion.
Regulators everywhere are faced with the challenge of determining where to invest their efforts to provide the greatest possible protection - and insight. This means that, in addition to seeking out and stopping or regulating high-risk activities, it is important to identify and support low risk activities. In the past few years, DA and ACERA trialled an inspection algorithm on a clutch of low-risk imported plant product pathways. The algorithm, called Continuous Sampling Plan (CSP), was originally developed by industrial statisticians in the 1940's. This project will further develop and refine the use of the algorithm.
The aim of this project is to extend the pre-project work to include the investigation of existing and novel approaches and methodologies needed to determine risk and best-practice biosecurity measures in the absence of complete or extensive datasets.
In the first year, the project will develop a sampling strategy that will identify clients on the basis of stratified attributes of the client and/ or the regulated product, for the Department of Agriculture to approach those clients to seek information about how they are meeting their regulatory obligations.
The sampling strategy will be integrated into a larger information technology capability that is to be built by the Department between July to November 2014 for the illegal logging compliance program. The sampling strategy will feed into the ICT business requirements for the build, and need to align with the ICT applications that will be available.
Australia imports millions of ornamental finfish every year, both marine and freshwater species. The Department of Agriculture has proposed changes to the way it manages the disease risks associated with imported ornamental fish. This ongoing project focuses on developing and trialling a sampling framework for the proposed surveillance program.