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Call to help protect Western Australia’s agricultural industries

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Wednesday, 31. March 2021 - 10:15

The deadline for Expressions of Interest from Western Australian agriculture producers and stakeholders to join committees that oversee biosecurity funding schemes has been extended.

Positions are open on the management committees and review panels for the three biosecurity Industry Funding Schemes (IFS) that operate in WA: Cattle; Grains, Seeds and Hay; and Sheep and Goats.

The industry-driven schemes are overseen by management committees, made up of members with appropriate industry knowledge and expertise.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and IFS executive officer Rebecca Heath said the schemes enabled farmers to raise funds to address the priority pests and diseases they believed threatened the profitability and sustainability of their industries.

“The respective industry management committees determine which biosecurity threats need action, how to deal with them and the contributions required to address the problem,” Ms Heath said

“The review panel is responsible for reviewing applications for payments made under the IFS regulations.”

The schemes were established in 2010 using funding arrangements authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007.

Members of the committees and review panel are appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food for a period of up to three years, with DPIRD providing support to the schemes, management committees and review panel.

More information, including the terms of reference and selection criteria, can be found on the department’s website.

Expressions of interest close at 9am on Monday, 12 April 2021 and can be made online at http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/ifs-how-to-apply  

For further information, contact Rebecca Heath on 9690 2171 or email rebecca.heath@dpird.wa.gov.au

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