Every facet of agricultural and veterinary chemical regulation will be reviewed from the ground up following the appointment of an independent panel by Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie.
Minister McKenzie said the terms of reference prepared for the panel were very broad, allowing them to explore any matter they considered relevant.
“A 21st century agriculture sector demands a 21st century regulatory framework,” Minister McKenzie said.
“That’s why I am pleased to announce this review’s expert panel will be chaired by Mr Ken Matthews AO, former Chair and CEO of the Australian National Water Commission.
“Mr Matthews will be supported by three expert panel members: Dr Craig Suann, Dr Mary Corbett and Dr Anne Astin PSM.
“Together, the panel members have a wealth of experience in regulation, agricultural production, veterinary medicines and human health.
“The independent review will tell us a lot about how we can modernise our agricultural and veterinary chemical regulatory framework-and how we can safely improve farmer and community access to agvet chemical products.
“The Morrison McCormack Government recognises that red tape and unnecessary regulation are impediments to production and growth.
“This is a significant opportunity to streamline the agvet chemical regulatory framework so farmers can get on with the job of farming.”
The panel will work with a formal consultative group comprising representatives from chemical companies, farming industry groups and non-government organisations.
Members of the public will also have a chance to make submissions.
“I expect the review panel to report back to me no later than February 2021,” Minister McKenzie said.