Biosecurity governance

Western Australia’s defences against potentially devastating pests and diseases were strengthened with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) coming into effect on 1 May 2013.

The new BAM Act takes the place of 16 older Acts and 27 sets of regulations with one Act and nine sets of regulations and enhances protection of the state’s $6 billion agriculture and food sector and the environment.

The BAM Act modernises the law and removes inconsistencies between previous legislation to better serve business and the community. It will also lead to greater co-operation between government, landholders, industry and the community.