Beef Week attracts biosecurity commitment
The Government was stepping up efforts to stop threats such as African swine fever, khapra beetle and foot and mouth disease entering Australia, Mr Morrison said.
“Australia’s biosecurity system protects $42 billion in inbound tourism, $53 billion in agricultural exports and 1.6 million Australian jobs across the supply chain,” he said.
“This investment is about building a protective ring around Australia to safeguard our industry as well as the rural and regional communities that depend on it. There will never be zero risk but we are committed to reducing the risk where possible.
“We need to make sure agriculture continues to play a leading role in our national economic recovery.”
The package comes after a record $888 million investment in biosecurity and export services in 2020-21 and includes:
- $34.6 million for research and improved field tools to better understand how pests and diseases could enter the country, particularly in northern Australia.
- $19.5 million to trial pre-border biosecurity screening technology on inbound and outbound passengers.
- $1.5 million to review current systems and bust congestion for importers.
- $96.8 million for the offshore treatment provider assurance program, and data and technology advancements to rapidly identify containers for intervention.
- $25.5 million for modern technologies to improve the speed and accuracy of pest and disease identification at the border.
- $28.7 million to expand the Maritime Arrivals and Reporting System to include reporting on international aircraft and non-commercial maritime vessels.
- $31.2 million to improve management of biosecurity risks associated with incoming international mail, by automating workflow, modernising risk assessment capability and using 3D X-ray technology.
- $58.6 million to continue and expand the 2019-20 investment in preventing African swine fever (ASF) from entering Australia through: increasing frontline screening activities for ASF; supporting assets and tools to detect porcine products; and capability building exercises in Australia and neighbouring countries to improve detection of and response to ASF outbreaks.
- $67.4 million to support Australia’s biosecurity preparedness and response capabilities, including delivery of a national scale preparedness exercise to stress-test the biosecurity system; building and maintaining a national surveillance information system on the national animal sector; operational diagnostic equipment for testing and molecular diagnostics; and epidemiological and economic modelling to support surveillance prioritisation.
- $3.9 million to increase community and business biosecurity awareness through targeted awareness campaigns focusing on significant biosecurity threats such as hitchhiker pests, developing education and communication materials, and conducting social and market research; and
- $3.2 million, already announced, to trial new industry arrangements that aim to reduce red tape and biosecurity regulatory costs for importers and agricultural businesses.
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