Stage 2 of the BAM Act review

Page last updated: Monday, 31 October 2022 - 10:12am

Let us know what you think by 4 December, 2022

The Western Australian Government announced a review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) in early 2022.

The Act aims to provide WA with effective biosecurity and agriculture measures to protect our multi-billion dollar industries and economy, as well as our unique environment and lifestyle.

Stage 2 of the review is now underway and again we are seeking your input.

You can download a copy of our Stage 2 discussion paper from this page.

You can provide your input by completing the short survey on the Your Say page. You can also keep up to date by visiting this page. 

The deadline for competing the short survey is midnight on Sunday 4 December, 2022.

Stage 2 of the review is exploring in greater depth four key themes:

  1. principles to underpin WA's biosecurity
  2. legal foundations of WA’s biosecurity
  3. planning, coordinating and resourcing WA’s biosecurity system
  4. community-led pest and weed management

The current BAM Act and its 11 sets of regulations consist of more than 700 pages of content covering biosecurity, agriculture management, and compliance and administration.

Given the breadth of the BAM Act, the review panel is focusing its efforts on what stakeholders have identified as important, and what can be improved.

While the above key themes identified by the review panel relate to biosecurity, all aspects of the BAM Act are being reviewed, including the agriculture management provisions.

The review panel is looking to identify potential options and ways to improve the Act, with a focus on these four key themes. Complete the short survey and tell us what you think:

  • is achievable and can be done now
  • we need to start now for longer term-benefits
  • are different and better ways of doing things.

Stage 1 feedback: here’s what you told us

We appreciate all your feedback and submissions made as part of Stage 1 of the BAM Act review.

The following comments from biosecurity and agriculture management stakeholders are a summary of some of the indicative points made in the 113 submissions received.

The BAM Act overall

  • Is mostly effective and working well but there is inconsistency in how it is applied.
  • The agriculture management aspects of the Act are working better than the biosecurity aspects.

Compliance

  • More work needs to be done to achieve compliance, including making use of legal instruments, monitoring compliance and enforcing penalties where non-compliance occurs.

Resourcing and implementation

  • Improved efficiencies, resourcing and funding for biosecurity are needed.
  • Inequities need to be addressed to make sure the Act supports the biosecurity of our community, environment and economy and costs are shared appropriately.
  • Biosecurity communication and education is needed.

Biosecurity

  • Border biosecurity is addressed well by the Act, providing the State with powers to stop biosecurity risks at the border.
  • The Act provides powers to support timely and effective biosecurity responses to eradicate unwanted pests, weeds and disease, but the risk and impact of harmful pests, weeds and diseases is growing.
  • Some submitters believed harmful pests, weeds and diseases that are already in WA were generally well managed; others felt this needed to be improved.

Shared responsibility

  • Is an important concept for WA’s biosecurity system but could be better addressed through the BAM Act.

Recognised biosecurity groups

  • A community-led approach is a valuable way to get coordinated pest and weed control but the current approach, with Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) funded by declared pest rates, is contested.

More information

For more information on the review, go to: