Boosting Biosecurity Defences: Royalties for Regions

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has commenced a three and a half-year project to strengthen the State’s biosecurity defences and underpin efforts by industry to capture a share of growing international demand for agriculture and food.

Project background

The $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, as part of the Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative. The project is supported by leveraged funds from Horticulture Australia Limited, Carnarvon Growers Association, the Council of Graingrower Organisations, State NRM, as well as DAFWA in-kind.

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Project summary

The project will improve the management of biosecurity risks in WA by:

  • enhancing surveillance
  • boosting response and recovery systems
  • supporting the community to address biosecurity threats.

The wide-ranging project will address early detection of declared pests and diseases, preparedness to respond to incursions of significant pests and diseases, awareness and compliance with new legislation, community engagement and the adoption of new technology.

These activities will protect the State’s enviable biosecurity reputation, which is crucial to securing access to valuable export markets.

Project aims

The project aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Increased producer and community surveillance for significant agricultural pests and diseases to reduce the time taken to detect an incursion, and to validate claims of Area Freedom.
  • Significantly increased capacity in government, industry and the community to effectively respond and recover from incursions of emergency pests and diseases.
  • Increased awareness of and compliance with the new regulations under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) by livestock owners.
  • More effective management of regionally significant declared pests through the establishment of five new, self-governing and self-reliant regional groups (Recognised Biosecurity Groups under the BAM Act), and the re-invigoration of five existing Recognised Biosecurity Groups.
  • Increased knowledge of the effectiveness of new technology to eradicate the pest Medfly, through piloting the technology in Carnarvon in partnership with the local horticultural industry and community.
  • Increased knowledge of the costs, benefits and impacts of a suite of control measures on wild dog predation on livestock production, which may be applied to other regions.
  • Increased knowledge and innovative solutions to better manage significant pests and diseases through an agricultural biosecurity research and development Fund.

 

Contact information

Debra Cousins
+61 (0)8 9363 4036
Page last updated: Wednesday, 6 September 2017 - 1:42pm