2022 statutory review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

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A statutory review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) is underway. 

The review is being conducted by an independent six-member panel. This will support independence and transparency in the review and its findings.

Stage 3 of the review is now closed

The third and final engagement stage of the review is now complete. The independent panel thanks all of those that have provided comment on the reform opportunities. 

The independent panel is now considering the comments made through Stage 3 and will deliver its final report to the Minister for Agriculture and Food later this year.

What is the BAM Act review?

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) is the regulatory framework for Western Australia’s plant and animal pest and disease biosecurity, the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, and ensuring safe and quality agricultural products.

A Ministerial review of the operation and effectiveness of the BAM Act is a statutory requirement under Section 194 of the Act.

The review and any changes to the legislation will ensure the BAM Act continues to provide a fit-for-purpose framework that can support an effective and resilient biosecurity and agriculture management into the future.  

Review terms of reference 

As outlined in the terms of reference, the review is intended to broaden community and industry support for and confidence in WA’s biosecurity system by paving the way for: 

  • a flexible and continuously improving biosecurity system 
  • improved biosecurity risk management  
  • industry and community engagement and participation in WA’s biosecurity system 
  • less administrative burden on industry.

The review will determine which parts of the BAM Act remain effective and fit-for-purpose, and which parts, if any, require changing to ensure the best legislative framework to manage biosecurity and agricultural risk.  

Review process 

  • Stage 1 involved open submissions and a survey to identify major themes and issues (this stage is now complete)
  • Stage 2 will further explore the themes/issues identified through Stage 1, including potential options and solutions
  • Stage 3 will include broader engagement to get feedback on the findings and potential solutions.

Review panel 

The six-member panel will support independence and transparency in the review and its findings. Members are listed below:  

Chair Ms Kaylene Gulich

Subject matter expert

Dr Bruce Christie   
Subject matter expert Dr Mark Sweetingham  
Legal expertise Ms Anna Ciffolilli 
Industry/community member Mr Clifford Winfield
DPIRD expertise

Dr Mia Carbon 

Click here for profiles of each panel member.

Panel member skills are broad, although also pertinent to biosecurity. Members are all experienced leaders in their areas of expertise, ranging from law, finance, governance and public policy through to biosecurity, resource management and engagement.  

Each panel member has worked in prominent roles, and have been selected for their knowledge and expertise of biosecurity law and practice, rather than as representatives of any particular sector.