The search is on for the next round of biosecurity champions, with nominations now open for round two of the 2020 Australian Biosecurity Awards (ABAs).

Round two will include new categories to demonstrate the diversity of biosecurity and the different roles Australians can play.

Australia has faced tough challenges this year but maintaining Australia’s biosecurity system has remained one of the department’s top priorities.

Australia’s biosecurity system strengthens the nation’s long-term resilience by safeguarding our economy, food supply, unique environment and way of life.

The ABAs recognise individuals, groups and organisations who support Australian biosecurity and are committed to safeguarding Australia from pests and diseases.

The new award categories include Environmental Biosecurity, Community, Education and the Dr Kim Ritman Award for Science and Innovation.

 Nominations close 2 October 2020.

Nominations close 2 October 2020.

The Dr Kim Ritman Award for Science and Innovation was created in honour of Dr Kim Ritman’s career and contributions as Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer.

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

If you know someone 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.

For more information and to put in a nomination, visit

Acknowledgementthis article was reproduced from a Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment media release.