Last week, the Biosecurity Reform Bill passed into law. As it announced in June, the Government wants primary sector groups to participate in the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for biosecurity decision-making and cost-sharing. The Primary Production Committee, which was responsible for the final draft of the Bill, received more than 40 submissions.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been drawn up describing how individual industry groups and Government will develop a business case for participation in joint decision-making and cost-sharing, writes Allan Barber. He finds that, despite initial caution, the Meat Industry Association, has signed the Government’s GIA proposal “provided the value proposition is acceptable.”