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The department’s ability to implement new and existing inspection protocols pathways is often limited by a lack of understanding about characteristics of import supply chains that may increase or decrease biosecurity risks, compliance rates, and thus approach rates at the Australian border. Characteristics that may change biosecurity risks include: whether off-shore certification has taken place; the complexity of the product and the level and type of processing that has occurred; the length of journey and the standards in the country of origin. In addition, aspects of the production environment off- shore, such as whether a pest is known to be present in the growing area, and how it is managed on- farm, may also change the approach rate at the Australian border.
This project investigates how these diverse types of information could enhance the implementation of biosecurity inspection protocols at the Australian border, including further rollout of the Compliance Based Inspection Scheme (CBIS) by the department.
Author(s): Susie Hester, Anthony Rossiter, Andrew Robinson, Jessica Sibley, Brendan Woolcott, Christina Aston and Anca Hanea
Published: August 3, 2020
Date added: December 23, 2021