What is the BAM Act?

    The Biosecurity and Agriculture Act 2007 (BAM Act) is the main piece of legislation that protects our multi-billion dollar farming, fisheries and forestry industries – as well as our unique environment and communities.

    The Act aims to:

    • prevent new pests, weeds and diseases from entering Western Australia
    • manage the impact and spread of those pests already present
    • safely manage the use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, and
    • facilitate standards for safe and quality agricultural products

    Why is the BAM Act being reviewed?

    The BAM Act and associated regulations were enacted in May 2013.

    The Minister for Agriculture and Food is required to carry out a review of the operation and effectiveness of the Act as soon as practicable after every 10th anniversary of its commencement. 

    The review was announced in early 2022 and the Minister launched the Stage 1 public consultation in June 2022.

    It’s important to review legislation to make sure it remains relevant and is capable of meeting its objectives.

    What is the timeframe for the review?

    The review panel completed its review in December 2023. The government is currently considering the panel’s report and recommendations to determine what action it will take in response to the review. It is anticipated that the review report and supporting documents will be published alongside the government’s response to the review in mid-2024. 

    What did we find out through the Stage 1 consultation process?

    The Stage 1 consultation has closed.

    A total of 113 submissions were received. 

    The submissions were used to identify the key issues and themes relevant to the review of the BAM Act, which are now part of the Stage 2 Consultation.

    You can see a brief summary of some of the indicative points made in the submissions in the 'previous posts'.

    What did we find out through the Stage 2 process?

    The Stage 2 consultation has closed.

    A total of 76 individuals representing 46 organisations from around the state took part in online or in-person discussions with members of the BAM Act Review Panel. In addition, a workshop was held with 45 senior DPIRD staff.

    Sixty-three people responded to the online survey. 

    The discussions and survey explored in greater depth the four key themes identified in Stage 1. The information informed the opportunities for reform that are the basis of the Stage 3 public comment.

    What did we find out through the Stage 3 process?

    The Stage 3 consultation has closed. 

    A total of 106 responses were received, with about half of these from individuals and half from organisations or groups.

    The responses considered the importance, benefits and issues of proposed opportunities for reform. All reforms were seen as important, with most respondents positive toward them. Where opportunities for reform were not as strongly supported, constructive feedback was provided. The panel considered this information when developing its final report and recommendations.

    Where can I go for more information?

    Information on the BAM Act review is available from the Your Say website.