The NSW Government’s regulatory overhaul of biosecurity has begun to see effects on the domestic horticulture market since partially commencing in November last year. The Biosecurity Act 2015 (NSW) is supported by the Biosecurity Regulations 2015 (NSW) and Biosecurity Advisory Committee as well as ongoing instances of public consultation. The entire reform is expected to be completed by mid-2017.
Some Western Australian horticulturalists have been excluded from the market under the new laws that include a broader range of crops potentially affected by pest species. Further, the NSW Regulations have limited the capacity for organic farmers to export to the expanding market in the east due to their inability to meet the certification requirements under the regulations. The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia is attempting to clarify the need for the regulatory change, stating the decision was made on science that is outdated and should be reviewed. Read more here.
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