National AMR Strategy

Australia’s first National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015–2019 (the Strategy) guides action to reduce AMR in Australia. The Australian Government released the Strategy in June 2015.

The overall goal of the Strategy is to:

  • minimise development and spread of AMR
  • ensure continued availability of effective antimicrobials.

The Strategy groups actions to reduce AMR under seven key objectives, including:

  1. Increase awareness and understanding of AMR.
  2. Promote proper use of antimicrobials through effective stewardship practices.
  3. Monitor AMR and the use of antibiotics in Australia through nationally coordinated One Health surveillance.
  4. Prevent infections and the spread of AMR by improving infection prevention and control measures.
  5. Prevent, detect and contain AMR by agreeing on a national research and development plan.
  6. Strengthen international partnerships to help the global response to AMR.
  7. Build clear governance arrangements to guide actions to address AMR.

Although the Strategy refers to the broader term antimicrobial resistance, it focuses on antibiotic resistance as the area of greatest concern.

    The Australian Government has released the first National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019 to guide the response to the threat of antibiotic misuse and resistance.

    Implementation Plan

    To achieve the Strategy’s goals the Australian Government developed an Implementation Plan. This plan outlines specific actions to take to achieve each of the Strategy’s seven objectives.

      The Australian Government released the first Implementation Plan to support the National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019.

      Progress Report

      The first Progress Report of the Strategy highlights:

      • the key activities undertaken in Australia in the first two years of the Strategy  
      • areas for continued and future action.

      This Progress Report not only highlights the progress that has been made in Australia in the past two years, but also recognises challenges and gaps that need to be addressed.

      Last updated: 
      31 October 2017