Biosecurity Blitz

Page last updated: Tuesday, 2 November 2021 - 1:56pm

DPIRD’s annual Biosecurity Blitz team is taking a break this year to prepare for an even better one in 2022! However, you can still use MyPestGuide™ Reporter to make reports of organisms (e.g. any animals, plants, weeds, marine pests, insects, disease signs or damage symptoms) all year round.

Our community surveillance campaign in 2020 was a success so we decided to take time out to prepare more interesting challenges for the next year. In the meantime, continue using the Biosecurity Blitz resources to learn more about biosecurity.

A report of any organism helps us infer the presence or absence of an exotic pest in a particular geographical location.

Everyone can take part in pest surveillance

Grab a mobile phone or camera and look in your pantry, backyard, local park or favourite fishing hole and report your findings to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) using MyPestGuide™ Reporter app or the online portal.

A DPIRD expert will identify the reported organism and respond back to youvia your device and by email. Individual reports can be viewed by the shared community and all personal information is kept confidential.

MyPestGuide™ Reporter allows users to send reports of a wide range of organisms to DPIRD together with a GPS location, descriptive text and up to 4 photos. Users can choose to share and view their reported observations on the community map. See MyPestGuide™ Reporter instructions video

Don’t have a smartphone? No worries!

Use the MyPestGuide™ Reporter online portal to create and send in your reports through your internet browser, as well as view the shared discoveries reported by the MyPestGuide™ surveillance community. You can drag and drop .jpg files (up to 5MB) from your camera to the online portal to make a report.

2020 Biosecurity Blitz Newsletters

As part of the annual Biosecurity Blitz, all participants received a weekly newsletter with the best pest photos sent in by reporters, a summary of species counts, profiles on some of the focus pests, people, tips and links to interesting literature and web articles.