Strengthening biosecurity

NEW biosecurity regulatory fees and charges took effect on
July 1​, last month.

The federal government says it is strengthening Australia’s biosecurity system through long-term, predictable, and sustainable funding.​

These changes are part of a $1.03 billion sustainable funding package that was announced in the federal Budget to maintain biosecurity policy, operational and technical functions on a sustainable basis.​

The Deputy Secretary of Biosecurity and Compliance, Dr Chris Locke, said new fees and charges for importers would better reflect the cost of delivering Australian biosecurity services.

​“While some importers will experience slightly larger increases in the prices, the average increase across all importers is around 28%,” said Dr Locke.​

“This is expected to raise an additional $35 million in revenue in 2023-24 to recover the department’s costs of managing the risks of pests and diseases associated with overseas imports. These changes follow the first end-to-end review of fees and charges in eight years.”

New fees and charges for biosecurity regulation, including forecast costs and expected volumes, are detailed on the department’s website.

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