Victorians have the opportunity to provide feedback on options for protecting Victoria’s livestock industries from the impact of animal diseases.
Victoria’s existing Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2006 will cease to operate on December 18.
A public consultation process has started and Agriculture Victoria is inviting the public to review the proposed new regulations and accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), and provide their input into the proposed new regulations.
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences has projected that a major outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Australia would cost the national economy in the order of $52billion over a 10-year period (from a single outbreak).
The RIS analyses the regulation of disease control for livestock in Victoria and proposes the remaking of the Livestock Disease Control Regulations 2006 with some amendments.
Agriculture Victoria’s biosecurity acting executive director Beth Jones said animal disease outbreaks could impact significantly on livestock producers and the Victorian community.
‘‘Effective regulation contributes to the effective management of animal disease risks,’’ Ms Jones said.
‘‘We are encouraging comment on the new regulations, to protect our important livestock industries while minimising regulatory burden for our industry.’’
■To make a submission on the proposed new regulations and RIS, go to: www.engage.vic.gov.au/RIS-livestock-disease-control