Biosecurity Incident Management System

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, 2020

The Biosecurity Incident Management System (BIMS) has been developed to provide guidance on contemporary practices for the management of biosecurity incident response and initial recovery operations in Australia.

The BIMS: Marine pest version (BIMS:MPV) was developed in 2020 and contains additional information specific to marine pest incidents. This supplementary content is located in the download below.

BIMS is an ‘all hazards’ approach, which:

  • represents the most contemporary approach to incident management
  • co-exists with and complements current, sector specific and jurisdictional response arrangements
  • is contextualised to a biosecurity environment
  • can be applied to all biosecurity incidents, irrespective of sector or scale of response.

BIMS forms the basis for a consistent and effective management framework for all biosecurity incidents. It provides:

  • flexibility
  • scalability
  • common terminology.

BIMS is underpinned by three key principles of:

  • management by objectives
  • functional approach
  • span of control.
Incident Management Team structure
Figure 1: Incident Management Team structure

Biosecurity agencies may use BIMS when:

  • planning for response to biosecurity incidents
  • conducting staff training and development activities
  • designing and conducting exercises that focus on elements of a biosecurity response
  • responding to biosecurity incidents
  • planning and conducting evaluation of any of the above activities.


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