Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Norfolk Island Pest and Disease Survey 2021-2023

Understanding biosecurity risks plays a critical role in managing the spread of serious pests and diseases to and throughout Norfolk Island, which could not only affect Norfolk Island’s natural environment but also the Island’s agriculture and tourism sectors.

The Norfolk Island Pest and Disease Survey 2021-2023 will inform better biosecurity decisions to promote sustainable economic development for the Island, and help maintain Norfolk Island’s diverse ecosystem in the long term.

The Norfolk Island Pest and Disease Survey 2021-2023 will build on the Norfolk Island Quarantine Survey 2012-2014, which developed important baseline biosecurity data. The new survey will update information gathered in 2012-2014, and fill important knowledge gaps. It will include four components focused on different aspects of Norfolk Island’s environment: marine, bee, plant, and animal life. Three of these components of the survey have commenced.

  • Marine survey: Biofouling Solutions Pty Ltd has been commissioned to survey marine pests. Parks Australia and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications are jointly funding this survey. The survey will generate important baseline data for Norfolk Marine Park, which supports temperate and tropical marine ecosystems and important cultural heritage.
  • Bee survey: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has been commissioned to survey bee pests and diseases. Having access to up-to-date information on bee pests and diseases is critical to maintaining the Island’s bee biosecurity supporting reliable bee pollination, local honey production and tourism.
  • Plant survey: Agriculture Victoria Research has been engaged to survey plant pests and diseases. Plant health data is important to maintain the Island’s biosecurity, supporting tourism, agriculture and crop health, and conservation of endemic species.

The engagement and support of the Norfolk Island community is fundamental to the success of the survey, as no one understands the Island and its rich and diverse ecosystem better than the people who live there. The survey teams will work with community members to implement the surveys and ensure they are of benefit to the community.

All surveys are being managed by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications with support from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, including Parks Australia.

Media releases relating to the survey can be found at: