Making trade easier for agricultural producers and exporters cost $137.7 million

The Federal government has committed an additional $137.7 million over four years, making it easier and cheaper for local businesses to import and export goods. The announcement came today in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. The aim is to revamp Australia’s trade systems by simplifying regulation, reducing duplication, and creating a one-stop digital shop […]

Horse racing becomes an election issue between coalition and Greens

The Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia has thrown his support behind Australia’s horseracing industry. It comes after reports that the Greens will take a policy platform, to the next election that will implement a national ban on horse racing. Minister Littleproud said the horseracing industry in Australia deserves our support not to be torn […]

Melbourne Cup defender among 13 international runners subjected to a double quarantine

Horses arriving from overseas for the 2021 Spring Carnival racesunderwent 14 days’ pre-export quarantine overseas and also must complete 14 days’ post-arrival quarantine at government approved facilities. Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment is among 13 international runners to complete a minimum of 14 days’ mandatory post-arrival quarantine before embarking on their spring carnival […]

Abattoir workers get a $450,000 grant to spot biosecurity problems

Over $450,000 will be spent on training to improve emergency animal disease capability at domestic abattoirs. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the grant recognises the central role of abattoir staff in the animal health system. “Abattoir staff play a critical role in biosecurity by inspecting animals and carcases for signs of […]

National eDNA testing program being rolled out in a $7 million spend

The Federal Government is spending $7 million in a national program that sets the scene for game changing eDNA technology testing capability and revolutionise the frontline of biosecurity. This initiative will formalise how biosecurity officers would use this powerful eDNA technology. It is expected when frontline staff and scientists use eDNA testing to identify pests […]

Biosecurity Innovation Program expressions of interest process now open

Bright ideas are wanted as the Biosecurity Innovation Program is open for expressions of interest. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud said the program was about finding new ways to create a stronger national biosecurity system. “Australia exports food, fibre and forestry products to markets all over the world, but our ability to […]

Sacred Bodhi tree’s journey to Oz has been 2300 years in the making

In a cultural first for Australia, a sapling from a sacred tree revered by the world’s Buddhist community has been imported from Sri Lanka in what can only be described as a great biosecurity success story. Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Andrew Tongue, said the sapling is from […]

Investing in our people for Top End biosecurity includes $1.2 million grant

The next round of the Indigenous Biosecurity Traineeship begins today, building biosecurity capacity for North Queensland, Cape York and the Torres Strait and offering opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be employed in biosecurity related roles. Up to 5 trainees demonstrated the skills and personal commitment to protect our biosecurity, have now […]

Partnering a big win for plant biosecurity system with $1 million annual tip in

The Australian Government is committing $1 million annually through a national partnership agreement to significantly improve Australia’s national plant health surveillance system. This is expected to prove to be a big win for our plant biosecurity system, which protects our economy and environment. This commitment will enhance the national plant health surveillance program which provides […]

Pet ant trade has been exposed as a dangerous and costly hazard

An investigation into the online sale of ants has revealed a disturbing global trade that offers up some of the world’s most terrifying and dangerous ants as pets, including red imported fire ants, yellow crazy ants and Australia’s own bull ants and jack jumpers.“Countries across the world, including Australia, are spending tens of millions of dollars […]