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Future Post Entry Quarantine Arrangements
The concept design work of the future Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility was completed in early 2013. The proposal was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC), which must approve the proposed works before construction can begin. The project’s referral to the PWC was considered at length by the committee including at a public hearing on 27 March 2013. On 15 May 2013, the PWC presented its report to Parliament regarding the future Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility project. The report can be accessed in PDF format at Chapter 3 of the PWC Report 2/2013 on the PWC website.
In this report, the PWC recommended that the PEQ project design and works proceed, and an ‘Expediency Motion’ (approval) was passed by Parliament on 16 May 2013. This approval supports the completion of the PEQ project design phase and the commencement of construction works.
The engagement of a Managing Contractor to oversight the finalisation of design, management of construction and commissioning of the new PEQ facility is expected by August 2013.
It is expected construction on the new facility will begin in early 2014, in order to commence staged operations from late 2015, with full operation to be completed by 2018.
Further information on the PWC process for this project can be found on a dedicated page on the PWC website, Construction of a new post–entry quarantine facility at Mickleham.
The 2013-14 Budget provides continued investment in the design and construction of the new post entry quarantine facility for high risk plant and animal imports.
In the 2012–13 Budget, the Government made a commitment of $379.9 million over seven years to fund construction of a new Government–owned and operated post entry quarantine station in Victoria, consolidating all existing DAFF PEQ functions to a single integrated site.
In 2013–14, the Australian Government will invest $60.6 million in this initiative.
This builds on the government’s announcement made in the 2011–12 Budget when a commitment to fund further development of future post entry arrangements was made, along with funds for the maintenance and refurbishment of existing DAFF PEQ facilities.
The finalisation of design in the next 12 months will allow the commencement of construction of the new facility from early 2014.
Government operated PEQ facilities manage high risk imported animal and plant species and are a key component of Australia’s biosecurity system. A secure and efficient facility discourages smuggling and reduces biosecurity risk associated with the importation of new genetic material which is necessary for Australian agriculture to maintain competiveness and productivity.
In July 2012 the Commonwealth announced the acquisition of a 144-hectare parcel of land located at 135 Donnybrook Road in Mickleham, Victoria for the construction of a new post entry quarantine facility.
The new PEQ facility will consolidate existing animal and plant quarantine services into a single, integrated site and will provide Australia with the newest and most advanced technology and operating practices available.
30 May 2013