Have your say on Australia’s biosecurity arrangements
Stakeholders across the country are being encouraged to have their say on Australia’s biosecurity system and the agreement that underpins it – the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB).
Introduced in 2012, the IGAB is an agreement between Commonwealth and state and territory governments to strengthen the national biosecurity system. The agreement establishes a nationally agreed framework to prevent, prepare for, detect and mitigate biosecurity risks, as well as respond to, manage and recover from biosecurity incidents.
To ensure its ongoing effectiveness, Australian agriculture ministers agreed to a comprehensive review of the IGAB and a broader examination of Australia’s biosecurity system.
The review is being conducted by an independent three-person panel comprising Dr Wendy Craik AM (chair), Mr David Palmer and Dr Richard Sheldrake AM, supported by Commonwealth, state and territory governments.
Dr Craik said the review will help identify what works, what doesn’t, what could be done better and how partnerships can be strengthened across Australia’s biosecurity system.
“The panel is seeking input from all stakeholders, including governments, industry and the broader community, owing to the vital role they play in the management of biosecurity risks in Australia,” Dr Craik said.
“The panel has welcomed the initial contribution of industry along with state and territory governments in the early stages of the review.
“A discussion paper has been developed to guide our consultation and help inform discussions on the review and we’re calling for comments on the topics and questions raised within.
“All interested stakeholders are encouraged to make a submission to the review.”
The closing date for submissions is 5pm (AEST) 8 July 2016. For further information on the review, making a submission, or to read the discussion paper, visit Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review.