On 19 February 2008, the former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon. Tony Burke MP, announced a comprehensive, independent review of Australia’s quarantine and biosecurity arrangements.
This review included, but was not limited to, a wide-ranging assessment of the functions of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service and Biosecurity Australia. The review was undertaken by an independent panel of experts chaired by Mr Roger Beale AO, a Senior Associate with the Allen Consulting Group. Mr Beale was joined on the panel by Dr Jeff Fairbrother AM, Mr Andrew Inglis AM and Mr David Trebeck.
On 30 September 2008, Mr Beale provided the panel’s report - One Biosecurity: a working partnership, to the minister.
On 18 December 2008, Minister Burke released the report, along with the Australian Government’s preliminary response.
The Australian Government is committed to reforms to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system as outlined in the preliminary response released in December 2008. The Australian Government’s response to these reforms is underway, however further changes will be subject to whole-of-government budget processes.
Further information about the progress of biosecurity reforms is available on the Biosecurity Reform page.