This report examines the adequacy of Australia's current biosecurity and quarantine arrangements, including the adequacy of resourcing.
1.1 On 23 June 2010, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport (the committee) for inquiry and report by 22 November 2010:
(a) the adequacy of [Australia's] 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.
1.2 The inquiry was subsequently re-adopted by the committee in the 43rd Parliament. 1.3 On 22 November 2010, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 28 April 2011. The reporting date was further extended to 21 March 2012 and 4 April 2012.