September 24, 2015
A formal review of the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) has commenced, with an independent consultant, Fiona MacBeth of Blackwood and Kemp Pty Ltd, meeting with representatives from industry and government Parties to gather information about the operations of the EPPRD.
Evaluation of the EPPRD is important to assist its continual improvement and to ensure it meets the needs of industry and government signatories.
Over the last five years there has been significant activities completed under the EPPRD, including the implementation of several responses that have been cost shared between industry and government. These include banana freckle (NT), chestnut blight (Victoria) and giant pine scale (Victoria/SA) to note a few.
As a result of these and other incursions considered under the EPPRD (such as cucumber green mottle mosaic virus and Panama disease), the Parties involved may have observations and experiences that could guide the review. Please speak with your industry or government EPPRD representatives if you have any queries regarding the review process.
To find out more about current responses to emergency plant pests in Australia, go to the recently refreshed and launched Outbreak website, www.outbreak.gov.au.