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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2012
YEARBOOK2012 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 28 Biosecurity Liaison Officer Report In January 2012 the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry appointed a dedicated liaison officer to provide a point of contact between the department and industry stakeholders such as the Cattle Council of Australia. modernises the existing Quarantine Act 1908, and will help to establish the environment needed to realise the benefits of reform. Alongside biosecurity reform other major DAFF projects in 2012 included: • with state and territory governments and industry, implementation of a national action plan to strengthen Australia's preparedness for the threat of foot-and-mouth disease and the ongoing development of new animal welfare standards and guidelines for cattle • drought program reform, including the closure of the Exceptional Circumstances Interest Rate Subsidy program and work with states and territories to develop proposals for a new national drought package • release of the National Food Plan Green paper followed by an extensive community consultation program • implementation of research, demonstration and extension activities through the Carbon Farming Futures, Filling the Research Gap, Action on the Ground and extension and outreach programs • implementation of the live export supply chain assurance framework developed for the export of slaughter cattle to Indonesia to other markets that take Australian livestock for feeding/ slaughter • release of the Rural Research and Development Policy Statement responding to reviews of the rural RD&E system conducted by the Productivity Commission and the Rural Research and Development Council. For more information or assistance contact: Tim Lester Biosecurity Liaison Officer firstname.lastname@example.org www.daff.gov.au This new position, located in NFF House in Canberra, has a particular focus on the implementation of biosecurity reforms but can assist industry with enquiries on issues across the DAFF portfolio. Tim Lester was appointed to the role. Prior to this Tim was involved in the development of the National Food Plan Green Plan and the implementation of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy. Progress of biosecurity reforms Australia's biosecurity system lies at the heart of our position as a trading nation. The 2008 independent review of Australia's quarantine and biosecurity arrangements (the Beale Review) found that Australia's biosecurity system operated well but could be improved, and made a range of recommendations to strengthen and modernise biosecurity arrangements and operations. Since the Beale Review, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has been implementing reforms to deliver a modern, responsive and targeted biosecurity system with activities based on risk, science and effective regulation. A summary of progress made to date was released in March 2012, with developments underpinned by five key principles: • utilise a risk-based approach to biosecurity management rather than focusing on mandatory intervention targets • manage biosecurity risk across the continuum -- offshore, at the border and onshore • strengthen partnerships with stakeholders • be intelligence-led and evidence-based • arrangements must be supported by modern legislation, technology, funding and business systems. Work is ongoing and through the 2012 Federal Budget the Government committed more than $500 million to Australia's biosecurity system, including for the construction of a state-of-the-art post-entry quarantine facility in Melbourne. From July the new draft Biosecurity Bill was progressively released for stakeholder comment prior to its introduction to Parliament late in 2012. This legislation updates and