DAFFnews - Issue 181
18 May 2012
In his latest message on the DAFF website the Secretary, Dr Conall O’Connell, talks about what the Federal Budget means for our portfolio industries – agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food – and for DAFF in the coming year.
The Secretary outlines how this year’s Budget provides DAFF with a clear mandate to implement a smarter, sustainable biosecurity system, reform drought programs and continue important core business. Along with an introduction to the new Budget initiatives, the Secretary covers other priorities for DAFF in 2012-13 including carbon farming, animal welfare, the National Food Plan and exportcertification reform.
A transcript of his post-Budget briefing to stakeholders is also available.
Following on from the refresh of our websites in January, the Secretary’s website presence is another way in which we’re changing the way we communicate about who we are and what we do. By providing a monthly update and inviting your feedback we’re hoping to strengthen our relationships and tackle the issues you tell us are important to you. To provide feedback and share your views with the Secretary follow the ‘contact the secretary’ link on the new page.
Detection of undeclared food items by DAFF Biosecurity officers at Cairns International Airport has resulted in the successful prosecution of a passenger visiting Australia.
Assessment of the passenger’s Incoming Passenger Card revealed he had indicated that he was not carrying food items however further examination uncovered almost 6 kilograms of fruit and vegetables, as well as over a kilogram of duck meat.
After pleading guilty at the Melbourne Magistrates Court to a false declaration of food items, the passenger was convicted and fined $1000 plus costs of $1390.
Russell Moseley, Technical Manager, DAFF Biosecurity Passenger and Mail Operations at Cairns, said this successful prosecution resulted from work by DAFF Biosecurity officers.
“A strong message has been sent not only to this passenger but to his tour group, booking agency and the wider community,” Mr Moseley said.
“Passengers must tick yes on their incoming passenger cards if carrying any food, plant material or animal products. Passengers will not be penalised if goods are correctly declared.”
For more about what can and can’t be taken into Australia visit the DAFF website.
DAFF Biosecurity has just released a handy booklet for importers of timber and timber products. It is also aimed at people working in associated industries including logistics and retail.
The booklet shows the timber pests that are most likely to hitch a ride to Australia in cargo or attached to ships and containers. If allowed to establish here, these pests could threaten in-service timber, our natural environment and have a significant impact on the economy.
DAFF Biosecurity will export, destroy or treat products that do not meet import requirements - all of which occurs at the importer’s expense.
The booklet lists the three easy steps you can take to avoid these additional costs and delays to your business.
The booklet is small and sturdy and should be kept handy at ports, warehouses, and in vehicles that transport imported goods. Request your copy today or find further information about importing timber and timber products on the DAFF website.
18 May 2012