From 1 July 2010, the Cattle IFS commenced to address biosecurity threats relevant to the WA cattle industry.
The scheme uses funding arrangements authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), whereby contributions are collected from the WA cattle industry. These contributions replace the ‘transaction charge’ that was authorised under the Cattle Industry Compensation Act 1965.
The Regulations enabling the Cattle IFS can be found on the Western Australian legislation website.
A 20 cent contribution on the sale of all cattle/carcasses produced within Western Australia is payable to fund surveillance programs for Johne’s disease in cattle, bovine tuberculosis and enzootic bovine leucosis, and may also be used to manage potential future incursions of other pests/diseases. The scheme operates across the whole of WA.
The scheme also uses funding collected under previous legislation that was transferred to the IFS for various projects that benefit the WA cattle industry, including research and development.