A pest risk analysis (PRA) is the process of evaluating evidence to determine whether an organism is a pest, if it should be regulated, and the strength of any phytosanitary measures to be taken against it to manage biosecurity risk. The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) is improving the effectiveness and consistency of PRAs. A key step in this process is the development of a 'group PRA' approach which analyses the biosecurity risk posed by groups of pests with similar biological characteristics across numerous import pathways.
Group PRAs apply the significant body of scientific knowledge available to the department including pest interception data and previous commodity based PRAs. A group PRA synthesises knowledge of groups of pests and diseases with similar biological characteristics to help manage the biosecurity risks associated with commodity movement.
Group PRAs are:
This presentation will provide an introduction to the 'group PRA' concept and highlight the recent progress the department has made in developing group PRAs.