Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Former Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    Public consultation opens on WA’s biosecurity laws

    16/06/2022 1:00 PM
    • WA community invited to have their say on biosecurity legislation
    • Independent panel reviewing Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007
    • Effective biosecurity critical for WA's primary industries and the environment

    The McGowan Government is encouraging the Western Australian community to have their say on the future of biosecurity and agriculture legislation for the State.


    Public consultation is underway as part of a statutory review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), which is a key tool in supporting the State's valuable primary industries and its aquatic and land-based ecosystems.


    The review of the BAM Act is being undertaken by an independent six-member panel chaired by Kaylene Gulich PSM.


    The BAM Act sets the framework for WA's biosecurity systems, the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, and ensuring safe and quality agricultural products.


    The review will assess the operation and effectiveness of the Act, the adequacy of penalties, the ability of the Act to adapt to changing environments such as increasing biosecurity risk, climate change and new technologies, and other key matters.


    The process will involve open consultation to identify key issues, followed by further detailed engagement to explore the issues and identify potential solutions.


    More information on the review and how to get involved is available from the Talking Biosecurity website at https://yoursay.dpird.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "With the increasing threat of invasive pests and diseases on our doorstep, effective biosecurity is more important than ever to support our primary industries, and protect our communities and unique land and water environments.


    "The review of the BAM Act is being undertaken by a highly experienced independent panel who will work through a comprehensive and deliberative process to ensure we have up-to-date and modern legislation for the future.


    "Now is the time to have your say to help create a better biosecurity future for WA to ensure the best protection of WA's environment, community and economy.


    "This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved and join in a meaningful conversation about this important legislation."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200