Biosecurity boosts agricultural production and is a major asset in marketing Australian produce overseas because new export markets demand high-quality, safe food.
A robust, efficient and science-based quarantine and biosecurity regime is critical to maintaining Australia’s favourable trade position by preventing pest and disease incursions.
The NFF seeks a strong, robust and science based approach to biosecurity that protects Australia’s agriculture from pests and diseases and underpins the competitiveness of Australian produce overseas.
To maintain Australia’s reputation as a world leader in biosecurity, the NFF suggests the following measures:
- Improve stakeholder engagement with biosecurity through the establishment of a Biosecurity liaison officer from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
- Maintain policy and program capacity within the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, including biosecurity expertise.
- Implement the new Biosecurity Bill 2014 and associated regulations that will provide a strong and science based biosecurity regime.
For a full list of recent submissions relating to biosecurity, health and welfare: click here