Do you want to help protect Australia’s plants and animals from pests and diseases that threaten our economy and environment?

This 13-week short course provides an introduction into biosecurity science and the challenges involving biological threats to humans, flora, fauna and the environment.

You will learn about:

  • biosecurity and the biosecurity continuum
  • major threats to public health, wildlife, domesticated animals, and agriculture environments
  • on-shore biosecurity – pathogens, pests and weeds
  • border and off-shore biosecurity – imports and export of plants, animals and food products
  • recent outbreaks and threats to humans, animals and the environment
  • bioterrorism

This short course is delivered either online or face to face with the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science. Students of the short course can apply for advanced standing into the degree upon successful completion of the short course.



National Code 0008BS104
Study Areas Biosecurity
Study Level Short Course

This short course is taught by lecturers of the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science who are specialists in biosecurity science.

This short course introduces you to:

  • biosecurity and the biosecurity continuum
  • major threats to public health, wildlife, domesticated animals, and agriculture environments
  • on shore biosecurity – pathogens, pests and weeds
  • at shore biosecurity – importation of plants, animals and food products
  • off shore biosecurity – export of animals, plant and animal products
  • recent outbreaks and threats to humans, animals and the environment
  • feral pests
  • bioterrorism
  • environmental, economic and social consequences of biosecurity breaches
  • organisations responsible for maintaining biosecurity and the underpinning legislation

There are no prerequisites for this short course but students are expected to read and review scientific papers and will be required to prepare written reports for assessment.

This course would suit people interested in protecting our agriculture, food and natural environment and who may be considering undertaking a degree in biosecurity. Graduates of this short course will be able to apply for credit (Advanced Standing) into to Bachelor of Biosecurity Science.

Graduates of the Introduction to Biosecurity Science short course are eligible to apply for advanced standing into the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science.

The learning outcomes, assessed via written reports and group presentation, are:

  1. define biosecurity and describe the biosecurity continuum
  2. identify and describe the role of the major biosecurity organisations in Australia
  3. discuss the role of legislation in underpinning biosecurity measures in Australia
  4. identify and access sources of accurate and current information relating to biosecurity in Australia
  5. list the major threats to offshore, at-shore and onshore biosecurity in Australia
  6. discuss the environmental, economic and social impact of a biosecurity breach in Australia
  7. discuss the broad strategies in place to reduce the risk of a biosecurity breach in Australia
  8. relate the biosecurity practices of a local business to the broader biosecurity strategy
Last updated: December 12, 2018 03:34pm