Making a difference in farm biosecurity - educational package

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Please note: This content may be out of date and is currently under review.

This farm biosecurity educational package developed for upper secondary agricultural students consists of a suite of lesson plans with case studies and activities. The content aims to help students gain an understanding of biosecurity, the key elements for farm biosecurity and how surveillance supports biosecurity and market access.

The 'Making a difference in farm biosecurity' educational package has been specifically designed for use by staff at agricultural colleges and schools in Western Australia.

Teachers in other states of Australia may need to modify it to suit their specific requirements.

Download a copy from the 'Documents' section at the right-hand side of this webpage or email senior development officer Rosalie McCauley.

The package contains a choice of four biosecurity-focused lesson plans with supporting teacher notes and resources:

Lesson 1

  • Overview of biosecurity
  • Class activity - preparing a farm biosecurity plan
  • Assignment -  students complete a farm biosecurity plan.

Lesson 2

  • Overview of biosecurity
  • Group activity - Discuss ‘What would I do if…?’ scenarios to gain an understanding of the key aspects of farm biosecurity.

Lesson 3

  • Overview of surveillance
  • Activity - students use the MyPestGuide app to identify and report pests to the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.

Lesson 4

  • Review of effective farm biosecurity
  • Group activity - students develop a plan for a suspected biosecurity incident scenario.


Megan Abrahams