Earlier this year, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries advised of delays in inspection services in Victoria and New South Wales, largely due to higher volumes (11.7 per cent higher in FY 2021/21) of incoming cargo and a changing biosecurity risk profile.

In recent months, several biosecurity threats have emerged, both onshore and amongst Australia’s neighbors, which have placed further demand on biosecurity resources. The department is aware of the impact that the delays in inspection services is having and that this is compounded by current shipping, logistics and workforce disruptions.

More information can be found HERE including what is being done to manage the increased workloads and how can you contribute to the efficient management of biosecurity.