November 27, 2019
The Federal Government has set up a new group, Biosecurity Futures, to provide strategic industry advice to the Agriculture Minister on biosecurity.
The new Futures group will provide advice on current and emerging biosecurity risks, and challenges and opportunities in the system.
“Close co-operation between government and industry is essential if we’re to stay a step ahead of global threats like African swine fever, a disease that could wipe out our pig industry and the 36,000 jobs the industry supports,” Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said.
“It’s important that the actions of government and industry are complementary and that we learn from one another so we can leverage efficiencies and avoid unintended consequences of regulation.
“This group was one of the eight recommendations put forward to me by the Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee in June.”
The Biosecurity Futures group will be chaired by the Minister and will meet twice a year, or as needed, to discuss biosecurity concerns, the impact of biosecurity measures on various industries – not just agriculture – and ways to improve the biosecurity system.
The eight initial members are: