WA Biosecurity Council terms of reference

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The WA Biosecurity Council is established by the Minister for Agriculture and Food in accordance with the requirements of Part 2, Division 6 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act).

The functions of the Biosecurity Council are:

  1. To advise the Minister or the Director General, as the case requires, on any matter related to biosecurity, whether referred to the Council by the Minister or the Director General, or of its own motion.
  2. If the Minister so approves, to advise any other Minister on any matter related to biosecurity.

The Council is to give advice to the Minister and Director General on any matter related to biosecurity and, in particular:

  1. The requirements of a comprehensive and effective biosecurity system for the State of Western Australia, and necessary linkages to other biosecurity systems (national and international).
  2. Significant gaps in, or necessary improvements to, the biosecurity system.
  3. Opportunities to improve industry and public awareness and support for biosecurity objectives.
  4. Opportunities to improve Government, community and industry cooperation and collaboration on biosecurity matters.
  5. Matters referred to the Council by the Minister or the Director General.

In regard to the operation of the Council, the Council should:

  1. Be strategic by adopting a long-term perspective for biosecurity in WA, and by giving appropriate consideration to national and international obligations.
  2. Be aware of changing industry, community and environmental needs and of options for balancing the demands of different interests.
  3. Provide advice to others, including other Ministers and Director Generals, only when specifically permitted.
  4. Act and be seen to act with integrity, as set out in the Western Australian Public Sector Code of Ethics.

On or before the 30 November each year, the Council must prepare and submit to the Minister an annual report on its activities throughout the preceding financial year, in accordance with section 50 of the Act.

The Council holds four ordinary meetings each year, usually held in February, May, August and November.