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19 December 2022

The BAM Act review ... what's next

The BAM Act review panel would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultations as part of Stage 2 of the BAM Act review.

A total of 63 people responded to our Stage 2 survey, and the Panel met with more than 70 people from 46 organisations. The survey responses and information from the discussions are being reviewed and evaluated.

In addition, more than 60 people, including landholders, community groups, NGOs and government representatives, attended our forum in Perth in November that looked at ways to improve WA’s community-led pest and weed management system. The forum also involved satellite hubs at Albany and Carnarvon, and others were able to take part in the forum by joining it online. The discussions provided valuable insights into what communities and landholders feel is important regarding pest and weed management.

Stage 3 of the consultation process is due to start in early 2023. The six-member independent review panel is then due to report to the newly appointed Minister for Agriculture and Food – South-West region MLC Jackie Jarvis – later in the year.


21 October 2022

Stage 2 of the BAM Act review:

Let us know what you think by 4 December 2022

The Western Australian Government announced a review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) in early 2022. The Act aims to provide WA with effective biosecurity and agriculture measures to protect our multi-billion dollar industries and economy, as well as our unique environment and lifestyle.

Stage 2 of the review is now underway and again we are seeking your input.

You can download a copy of our Stage 2 discussion paper from here. You can provide your input by completing the short Stage 2 Survey.

Stage 2 of the review is exploring in greater depth four key themes:

  1. principles to underpin WA’s biosecurity
  2. legal foundations of WA’s biosecurity
  3. planning, coordinating and resourcing WA’s biosecurity system
  4. community-led pest and weed management

The current BAM Act and its 11 sets of regulations consist of more than 700 pages of content covering biosecurity, agriculture management, and compliance and administration. Given its breadth, the review panel is focusing its efforts on what stakeholders have identified as important, and what can be improved.

While the above key themes relate to biosecurity, all aspects of the BAM Act are being reviewed, including the agriculture management provisions.

The review panel is looking to identify potential options and ways to improve the Act, with a focus on these four key themes. Complete the short Stage 2 Survey and tell us what you think:

  • is achievable and can be done now
  • we need to start now for longer term-benefits
  • are different and better ways of doing things

Stage 1 feedback: here’s what you told us

We appreciate all your feedback and submissions made as part of Stage 1 of the BAM Act review.

The following comments from biosecurity and agriculture management stakeholders are a summary of some of the indicative points made in the 113 submissions received.

The BAM Act overall

  • Is mostly effective and working well but there is inconsistency in how it is applied.
  • The agriculture management aspects of the Act are working better than the biosecurity aspects.

Compliance

  • More work needs to be done to achieve compliance, including making use of legal instruments, monitoring compliance and enforcing penalties where non-compliance occurs.

Resourcing and implementation

  • Improved efficiencies, resourcing and funding for biosecurity are needed.
  • Inequities need to be addressed to make sure the Act supports the biosecurity of our community, environment and economy and costs are shared appropriately.
  • Biosecurity communication and education is needed.

Biosecurity

  • Border biosecurity is addressed well by the Act, providing the State with powers to stop biosecurity risks at the border.
  • The Act provides powers to support timely and effective biosecurity responses to eradicate unwanted pests, weeds and disease, but the risk and impact of harmful pests, weeds and diseases is growing.
  • Some submitters believed harmful pests, weeds and diseases that are already in WA were generally well managed; others felt this needed to be improved.

Shared responsibility

  • Is an important concept for WA’s biosecurity system but could be better addressed through the BAM Act.

Recognised biosecurity groups

  • A community-led approach is a valuable way to get coordinated pest and weed control but the current approach, with Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) funded by declared pest rates, is contested.

May 2022

The BAM Act is the foundation that protects Western Australia's environment, agricultural resources and the lifestyle that Western Australians enjoy. It governs WA’s responses to plant and animal pests, weeds and diseases, the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, and the safety and quality of our agricultural products.

The Act has has served us well over the last 10 years, but it needs to be reviewed. With growing numbers of pest and disease risks putting pressure on WA's biosecurity system, changing consumer expectations of the integrity, quality and safety of food and agricultural products, and with new technologies and new ways of thinking at our doorstep, there is plenty to talk about.

The review is being carried out during 2022 by an independent six-member panel, appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food.

Meaningful engagement from WA's biosecurity and agriculture management stakeholders, including the general public, is needed. This will help the Review Panel understand how the BAM Act has supported WA's biosecurity and agriculture management over the past 10 years, and how it can continue to do so - and be sure that any recommendations coming from the review are well-informed and purposeful. The Panel has designed a three-stage engagement process:

  • Stage 1 is open submissions and a survey to identify major themes and issues
  • Stage 2 - stage 1 will provide the foundation for participatory processes to further explore themes and issues
  • Stage 3 will include broader engagement to get feedback on the findings and potential solutions

While the input from WA's agricultural industries is important, all Western Australians are encouraged to contribute. Invasive pests, weeds and diseases also affect fisheries, forestry, our land and aquatic ecosystems, our safety and our way of life. Let's talk.


Contact

Email: BAMAreview@dpird.wa.gov.au | Telephone: 08 9690 2000

Postal address:
BAMA Review Panel
c/- Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
PO Box 483
NORTHAM WA 6401

19 December 2022

The BAM Act review ... what's next

The BAM Act review panel would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultations as part of Stage 2 of the BAM Act review.

A total of 63 people responded to our Stage 2 survey, and the Panel met with more than 70 people from 46 organisations. The survey responses and information from the discussions are being reviewed and evaluated.

In addition, more than 60 people, including landholders, community groups, NGOs and government representatives, attended our forum in Perth in November that looked at ways to improve WA’s community-led pest and weed management system. The forum also involved satellite hubs at Albany and Carnarvon, and others were able to take part in the forum by joining it online. The discussions provided valuable insights into what communities and landholders feel is important regarding pest and weed management.

Stage 3 of the consultation process is due to start in early 2023. The six-member independent review panel is then due to report to the newly appointed Minister for Agriculture and Food – South-West region MLC Jackie Jarvis – later in the year.


21 October 2022

Stage 2 of the BAM Act review:

Let us know what you think by 4 December 2022

The Western Australian Government announced a review of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) in early 2022. The Act aims to provide WA with effective biosecurity and agriculture measures to protect our multi-billion dollar industries and economy, as well as our unique environment and lifestyle.

Stage 2 of the review is now underway and again we are seeking your input.

You can download a copy of our Stage 2 discussion paper from here. You can provide your input by completing the short Stage 2 Survey.

Stage 2 of the review is exploring in greater depth four key themes:

  1. principles to underpin WA’s biosecurity
  2. legal foundations of WA’s biosecurity
  3. planning, coordinating and resourcing WA’s biosecurity system
  4. community-led pest and weed management

The current BAM Act and its 11 sets of regulations consist of more than 700 pages of content covering biosecurity, agriculture management, and compliance and administration. Given its breadth, the review panel is focusing its efforts on what stakeholders have identified as important, and what can be improved.

While the above key themes relate to biosecurity, all aspects of the BAM Act are being reviewed, including the agriculture management provisions.

The review panel is looking to identify potential options and ways to improve the Act, with a focus on these four key themes. Complete the short Stage 2 Survey and tell us what you think:

  • is achievable and can be done now
  • we need to start now for longer term-benefits
  • are different and better ways of doing things

Stage 1 feedback: here’s what you told us

We appreciate all your feedback and submissions made as part of Stage 1 of the BAM Act review.

The following comments from biosecurity and agriculture management stakeholders are a summary of some of the indicative points made in the 113 submissions received.

The BAM Act overall

  • Is mostly effective and working well but there is inconsistency in how it is applied.
  • The agriculture management aspects of the Act are working better than the biosecurity aspects.

Compliance

  • More work needs to be done to achieve compliance, including making use of legal instruments, monitoring compliance and enforcing penalties where non-compliance occurs.

Resourcing and implementation

  • Improved efficiencies, resourcing and funding for biosecurity are needed.
  • Inequities need to be addressed to make sure the Act supports the biosecurity of our community, environment and economy and costs are shared appropriately.
  • Biosecurity communication and education is needed.

Biosecurity

  • Border biosecurity is addressed well by the Act, providing the State with powers to stop biosecurity risks at the border.
  • The Act provides powers to support timely and effective biosecurity responses to eradicate unwanted pests, weeds and disease, but the risk and impact of harmful pests, weeds and diseases is growing.
  • Some submitters believed harmful pests, weeds and diseases that are already in WA were generally well managed; others felt this needed to be improved.

Shared responsibility

  • Is an important concept for WA’s biosecurity system but could be better addressed through the BAM Act.

Recognised biosecurity groups

  • A community-led approach is a valuable way to get coordinated pest and weed control but the current approach, with Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) funded by declared pest rates, is contested.

May 2022

The BAM Act is the foundation that protects Western Australia's environment, agricultural resources and the lifestyle that Western Australians enjoy. It governs WA’s responses to plant and animal pests, weeds and diseases, the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, and the safety and quality of our agricultural products.

The Act has has served us well over the last 10 years, but it needs to be reviewed. With growing numbers of pest and disease risks putting pressure on WA's biosecurity system, changing consumer expectations of the integrity, quality and safety of food and agricultural products, and with new technologies and new ways of thinking at our doorstep, there is plenty to talk about.

The review is being carried out during 2022 by an independent six-member panel, appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food.

Meaningful engagement from WA's biosecurity and agriculture management stakeholders, including the general public, is needed. This will help the Review Panel understand how the BAM Act has supported WA's biosecurity and agriculture management over the past 10 years, and how it can continue to do so - and be sure that any recommendations coming from the review are well-informed and purposeful. The Panel has designed a three-stage engagement process:

  • Stage 1 is open submissions and a survey to identify major themes and issues
  • Stage 2 - stage 1 will provide the foundation for participatory processes to further explore themes and issues
  • Stage 3 will include broader engagement to get feedback on the findings and potential solutions

While the input from WA's agricultural industries is important, all Western Australians are encouraged to contribute. Invasive pests, weeds and diseases also affect fisheries, forestry, our land and aquatic ecosystems, our safety and our way of life. Let's talk.


Contact

Email: BAMAreview@dpird.wa.gov.au | Telephone: 08 9690 2000

Postal address:
BAMA Review Panel
c/- Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
PO Box 483
NORTHAM WA 6401

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