Biosecurity is a critical issue for the Australia seafood industry. Any major biosecurity breach has the potential to wipe out an entire sector of Australia’s seafood or agriculture industry. Australia’s seafood industry is valued at over $5.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 people. That’s a lot of reasons for SIA to take biosecurity very seriously.

SIA believes it is important for industry and government to work together to reduce the impacts of disease by responding to outbreaks early, effectively and appropriately.

We are committed to the development of a series of position papers focused on our Key Priority Areas (KPA). Given the ongoing importance of biosecurity, we have launched our KPA position paper series with Biosecurity. 

Thanks to the input of our members, we finalised development of this paper in April 2023, capturing the views and needs of the aquaculture, wild-caught and post-harvest sector, resulting in an all-encompassing biosecurity position paper for the whole of industry. We thank all members who provided their thoughts, time and input into this process.


 This paper is built on the fundamental principle that effective biosecurity practices, underpinned by up-to-date science, implemented collaboratively between industry, government and other stakeholders is essential from both a risk mitigation perspective, as well as providing industry with the confidence needed to expand and grow.

SIA’s position papers will be reviewed annually, and updated as needed.

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