Commencement of the statutory review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

Biosecurity is the management of risk from pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading in Australia. Local Governments are a key stakeholder under the shared responsibility model between government, industry and community to address biosecurity matters.  

In March 2022, the State Government appointed an independent panel to undertake the statutory review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act).  The panel has been tasked with assessing the BAM Act’s operation and effectiveness.  The Panel has designed a three stage engagement process over the course of 2022-23, with Stage 1 of public consultation on the BAM Act Review now open.  Stage 1 will identify the major themes and issues for the panel to consider. Feedback received will inform Stage 2, which will be a participatory process for all stakeholders to further explore the themes and issues.  Stage 3 will include broader engagement to get feedback on the findings and potential solutions. 

WALGA has prepared a Discussion Paper with 11 key themes and recommendations to provide context on relevant matters for Local Government and assist the sector in providing input to Stage 1 of the BAM Act Review consultation process.

Given the short timeframe of Stage 1, WALGA strongly encourages Local Governments to provide feedback directly to the Review by Wednesday, 27 July 2022 through the submission and survey portal or by downloading the submission template and sending to:
BAMA Review Panel
c/-Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
PO Box 483
NORTHAM WA 6401
BAMAreview@dpird.wa.gov.au

Local Governments are also asked to provide WALGA with a copy of their response/submission to the review and any additional feedback on WALGA’s Discussion Paper. Responses can be provided to environment@walga.asn.au by Wednesday, 27 July 2022.  Feedback received from Local Governments will inform WALGA’s ongoing biosecurity advocacy on behalf of the sector, the development of a draft submission to the BAM Act Review later in 2022 and an update of WALGA’s Biosecurity Management Policy Position (see below) if required.  

For further information, please contact Melanie Davies, WALGA’s Biodiversity and Sustainability Project Officer, or call 9213 2065. 

 

WALGA Biosecurity Policy Position

  1. Local Government believes that State Government has responsibility for the following parts of a biosecurity system:
    • pre-border and border biosecurity measures and contingency funds to deal with new pest outbreaks
    • assistance to the private sector for newly established, industry-specific pests
    • assistance to land managers for newly established pests (where the incursion has occurred despite the land owner’s best biosecurity management effort)
    • establishment of a biosecurity network and regional cooperative arrangements
    • enforcement of regulations
    • compliance with regulations on State Government managed land
    • specific research projects and specialised diagnostic services, and
    • enhancement of barrier fences.
  2. Local Government are not supportive of Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs).
  3. Local Government calls on the State Government to either reinstate the Agriculture Protection Board or develop a model similar to the NSW Local Land Services Act 2013 approach, and in consideration of either model that:
    • there are State Government approved strategic and operational plans which can be understood by landowners and other stakeholders, including Local Governments
    • there is direct contact with Local Governments, State Government agencies and departments, and major industry groups
    • that either model is resourced by State Government to undertake the required activities
    • that either model be funded under the current funding arrangements as outlined in the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, and
    • that it assists in the delivery of national, state and local priority species management.
  4. That as matter of priority, the Government undertake a review of the operation and effectiveness of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 and its regulations.
WALGA's paper Post border biosecurity reform: Recommendations to the State Government advocates:
  • options for improved policy settings, governance and regulation
  • program initiatives
  • amendments to the BAM Act, and
  • a further Auditor General's review of post border biosecurity management in Western Australia.
 

Past WALGA Submissions

Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review

The Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) is an agreement between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments (except Tasmania) to strengthen the biosecurity system.  It defines the roles and responsibilities of governments and outlines the priority areas for collaboration to minimise the impact of pests and diseases on Australia's economy.

An independent review of the national biosecurity system and the IGAB was undertaken in 2016-17. Australian Agriculture Ministers responded to the IGAB Review Final Report in November 2018.

WALGA submissions to the review are listed above.

Biosecurity Legislation

Western Australia
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act)
Bioscurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Agriculture Standards) Regulations 2013
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Industry Funding Scheme (Grains) Regulations 2010
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Industry Funding Scheme (Sheep and Goats) Regulations 2010
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Industry Funding Scheme (Cattle) Regulations 2010
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Quality Assurance and Accreditation) Regulations 2013
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Infringement Notices) Regulations 2013
Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Declared Pest Account) Regulations 2014


Commonwealth of Australia
Biosecurity Act 2015

Additional resources

Western Australian Organism List (WAOL)