Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network (ABIN)
The Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network (ABIN) is an online gateway to Australian biosecurity. It will dramatically improve the ability of the biosecurity community of researchers, industry and governments to work together to address common problems or emerging biosecurity issues through ‘real time’ access to data, information and know-how, and use of leading edge tools and technologies to generate biosecurity intelligence. In essence ABIN will make it easier to connect, share, use and create biosecurity intelligence for biosecurity research, surveillance and response through a shared online workspace that can be accessed through the ABIN web portal. Through ABIN, Australia is leading the way in developing an integrated approach to biosecurity, increasing the quality and quantity of biosecurity intelligence that can be used for more informed and robust decision-making, policy development and operational response. To cater for biosecuirty work that has Trade, Privacy, or National Security sensitivities a secure online work environment will also be available. This will be accredited and tested to ensure the biosecurity community is confident to share and access data, information and expertise and to generate biosecurity intelligence within it. Across Australia, ABIN staff will work in partnership with the biosecurity community and other disciplines to develop innovative tools and technologies that push the boundaries of current thinking and ways of working to generate biosecurity intelligence that can overcome regional issues of national relevance. This will also enable ABIN to identify gaps in knowledge where further research can enhance Australia’s biosecurity. As these new tools, technologies and information are developed they will be made available to the broader biosecurity community through the ABIN online workspace.