NOMINATIONS are now open for round two of the 2020 Australian Biosecurity Awards and individuals and groups are encouraged to enter, who are committed to safeguarding the country from pests and diseases.

Head of biosecurity, Andrew Tongue, said round two included new categories that demonstrate the diversity of biosecurity and the different roles we can all play.

“Australia has faced some tough challenges this year, but maintaining the nation’s biosecurity system has remained a priority,” Mr Tongue said.

“Our biosecurity system strengthens our country’s long-term resilience by safeguarding our economy, food sources, unique environment and way of life.

“It is a shared responsibility and we all have a role to play.”

New categories in round two include Environmental Biosecurity, Community, Education and the Dr Kim Ritman Award for Science and Innovation.

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“The Dr Kim Ritman Award for Science and Innovation was created in honour of Dr Kim Ritman’s contributions as Australia’s chief plant protection officer,” Mr Tongue said.

“The new categories recognise a wider range of stakeholders and the diverse parts of our biosecurity system, as well as emphasise the importance of biosecurity education.

“If you know a group, individual or organisation that deserves to be recognised for their biosecurity work, nominate them today.”

The first round of 2020 ABAs were presented in March, with a range of winners from industry and government.

Round two of the ABAs will be presented at the National Biosecurity Forum in November.

Nominations close on Friday, 2 October.

For more information and to put in a nomination, visit: agriculture.gov.au/aba

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