This interim report examines the adequacy of current biosecurity and quarantine arrangements, including resourcing, and progress towards reform of Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service export fees and charges.
On 23 June 2010, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport for inquiry and report by 22 November 2011:
(a) the adequacy of current biosecurity and quarantine arrangements, including resourcing;
(b) projected demand and resourcing requirements;
(c) progress toward achievement of reform of Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) export fees and charges;
(d) progress in implementation of the 'Beale Review' recommendations and their place in meeting projected biosecurity demand and resourcing; and
(e) any related matters.
The inquiry was subsequently re-adopted by the Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee (the committee) in the 43rd Parliament.
On 22 November 2010, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 28 April 2011. This reporting date was subsequently extended until 21 March 2012.
This is the interim report.