Reducing red tape while increasing biosecurity

The Hon David Littleproud MP
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia
  • First of four pilots rolled out under trial program aimed at reducing red tape and biosecurity regulatory costs for importers and agricultural businesses
  • Test end-to-end management of biosecurity risks across importer supply chains
  • Recognition of good industry business systems and compliance levels will allow effort to focus on higher risk areas.
  • The Australian Government is working with a group of highly compliant importers to identify regulatory and commercial controls within their supply chains that could be used to manage biosecurity risk.

    Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the government was working with importers to identify and mitigate biosecurity risks early in the supply chain to help protect Australia's agricultural producers and unique environment from harmful exotic pests and diseases.

    "Four importing companies were chosen to participate in pilots following an open expression of interest process," Minister Littleproud said.

    "The companies are eager to demonstrate their ability to maintain the integrity of the biosecurity system across their supply chains.

    "The pilots will run in parallel with current biosecurity controls and if successful, will lead to reduced regulatory burden for companies with proven compliance records and strong quality assurance systems in place.

    "This will lessen congestion at the border more broadly benefiting the whole agricultural supply chain and helping to drive business growth and job creation."

    Fast facts

    The companies include Kmart Australia P/L, FTA Food Solutions P/L, Becton Dickinson Australia and Stora Enso Australia P/L

    The first pilot with Kmart was rolled out on 9 August 2021

    This measure is part of the Australian Government's deregulation agenda and aligns with findings of the Inspector-General of Biosecurity.

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