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About PaDIL

PaDIL is an initiative of the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with Museum Victoria, Plant Health Australia, the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre.

The participants in PaDIL are:

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture's role is to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia supports the success of the state’s agrifood businesses to achieve our vision of ‘a progressive, innovative and profitable agriculture and food sector that benefits Western Australia’. DAFWA works with industries and businesses throughout the sector, helping them identify and capitalise on opportunities for growth as well as to manage and overcome obstacles. It supports all aspects of food and fibre production at each stage of the supply chain. This is achieved by building market knowledge and conducting innovative research and development and marketing and extension programs. It also develops and enforces regulations that ensure the production of high-quality, safe and healthy food for its customers in Australia and overseas. The department has a pivotal role in helping to protect and enhance Western Australia’s precious natural resources and valuable biosecurity status, and minimise the impact of climate variability. Its long-term commitment to biosecurity has helped maintain Western Australia's relative freedom from pests and diseases.

Plant Health Australia is the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia. Its goal is to work with federal and state governments and industry representatives to promote strong biosecurity practices that minimise plant pest* impacts on Australia, enhance market access and contribute to industry and community sustainability. (* pests = all plant affecting organisms including insects, mites, diseases and weeds.)

Museum Victoria, Australia's largest public museums organisation, is the State Museum for Victoria (Australia), responsible for the care of the State's collections of nearly 17 million objects, documents, photographs and specimens. Its research, in the fields of science and humanities, uses the museum’s collections and expert staff to further the knowledge of the social and natural history of Victoria and beyond. Museum Victoria presents long-term and temporary exhibitions at three venues.

The Queensland University of Technology’s School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences is located at QUT's Gardens Point Campus in the heart of the city of Brisbane. The School offers innovative courses with a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the natural environment and the use of the Earth's natural resources.

The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre coordinates plant biosecurity research across all Australian states and territories and has an extensive collaborative network of researchers and educators from 27 participating organisations from both Australia and overseas, representing industry, universities, and state and federal government. A key strength of the PBCRC is the involvement of these participants who are, in many cases, end-users of research results. This ensures maximum benefit and impact in the delivery of project outputs, development of new products and services and capture of intellectual property. The PBCRC aims to develop and deploy scientific knowledge, tools, resources and capacity to safeguard Australia, its plant industries and regional communities from the economic, environmental and social consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases.

PaDIL's technical support is provided by Melbourne Made Apps.