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Meet Alice from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


Time flies when you’re having fun – find a job that you love and it doesn’t feel like work!

Alice Banfield has been passionate about animal health since she was a kid on her family farm in the town of Crookwell, north-west of Goulburn in New South Wales.

So it’s little wonder she gets so much out of being a Biosecurity Officer with Biosecurity Queensland (BQ).

Alice made the shift to Townsville to work with BQ after completing a four-year Bachelor of Animal Science degree at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.

“It’s helped me develop the passion that I’ve always had and allowed me to transfer it into real and meaningful work that’s protecting something so big,” Alice says.

“This field of work has always been very close to my heart. My dad’s a fourth-generation farmer, so working in the industry is really important to me.”

Alice’s career path has taken her to Townsville, where she performs investigations into breaches of animal welfare and biosecurity legislation.

She’s also had the opportunity to work on projects including the Destroy and Let Lie research project and National Arbovirus Monitoring Program.

Her latest project, the National Screw Worm Fly Surveillance Program, is helping to monitor any incursions of this invasive pest into Australia, which would be followed by an effective and cost-efficient eradication program.

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