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Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity review to start

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce announced an independent review of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB), an essential component of the national biosecurity system.

The IGAB was first introduced in 2012 to identify biosecurity roles and responsibilities across Australian governments.

Minister Joyce said it also outlined priorities for collaboration to minimise the impact of pests and disease on Australia's economy, environment and the community.

"Australia's biosecurity system is working well and our world-class credentials underpin the international market access enjoyed by our farmers and profits at the farmgate," Minister Joyce said.

"Our biosecurity system protects the health of all Australians, plants and animals -but it is not something the Australian Government can deliver in isolation."

"Strong biosecurity relies on evidence-based processes and partnerships across all Australian governments and between industry, natural resource managers and the broader community. It also requires sufficient resources and capability, which is why the Australian Government has committed an additional $300 million to strengthen biosecurity efforts via the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper."

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