Industry Funding Schemes
From 1 July 2010, three Industry Funding Schemes commenced to address biosecurity threats relevant to the grains/seed/hay, sheep/goat, and cattle industries. The schemes use funding arrangements authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), whereby producers can raise funds to tackle priority pests and diseases.
An Industry Management Committee (IMC) oversees the management of each scheme. Members of the committees include participants in the schemes (that is, producers), appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food.
The management committees determine which pest and disease threats require action, how best to deal with the threats, and what contributions will be needed from industry to tackle the problem. This allows producers to raise funds to self-manage serious pests and diseases that may threaten the viability and sustainability of their industries.
The regulations enabling the Industry Funding Schemes are available at the State Law Publisher website.