Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is responsible for biosecurity emergency preparedness in South Australia.
PIRSA has 3 main activities:
- biosecurity awareness.
PIRSA has emergency response plans that explain:
- roles and responsibilities in the event of biosecurity emergencies
- legislative authorities
- procedures to be undertaken
- roles of industry and supporting agencies.
The plan is reviewed annually.
Animals in Emergencies
PIRSA has lead responsibility for the co-ordination of official animal relief services during major emergencies.
In 2016-17, a framework was developed to support:
- government agencies
- non-government organisations
- animal owners
- the community
to understand their role and responsibilities towards managing animal welfare before, during and after emergencies.
Training programs are provided for all staff likely to be involved in a biosecurity emergency response.
This training focuses on biosecurity emergency response team development, including:
- resource development
- desktop exercises
- simulation exercises.
Biosecurity SA works with primary industries to promote biosecurity and emergency pest and disease awareness through:
- field days
- simulation exercises
- industry liaison identification and training.
Manager Emergency Management
PIRSA – Biosecurity SA
Phone: (08) 8207 7976
Mobile: 0438 822 795