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    Queensland Biosecurity Strategy
    Queensland faces greater biosecurity risks than most other parts of Australia due to factors such as climate change, geographic proximity to our Asia-Pacific neighbours, population growth and expanding trade and business. Pests and diseases pose a real risk to Queensland’s $13 billion primary industries sector, our tourism industry and our unique environment and way of life. Biosecurity is the mi

    Amendments to Fisheries Regulation 2008 - East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery
    The East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery is one of Queensland’s largest fisheries, both in terms of the amount of product caught and the number of participants involved. The Fishery covers some of Queensland’s most iconic species such as barramundi, bream, whiting and flathead. The commercial component of the fishery has an annual gross value of production of approximately $24 million and it is est

    Combined marine fisheries amendments
    Eleven proposals are being progressed that will amend subordinate legislation under the Fisheries Act 1994 to address ongoing or emerging fisheries management needs. The amendments will help provide for the sustainable use, conservation and enhancement of the community’s fisheries resources and fish habitats in a way that seeks to promote ecologically sustainable development. The proposed changes

    Combined Fisheries Management Regulatory Impact Statement and draft Public Benefit Test
    Cabinet considered a submission regarding the release of the Combined Fisheries Management Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and draft Public Benefit Test (DPBT) containing a number of proposed amendments to subordinate legislation governing the management of Queensland’s Fisheries under the Fisheries Act 1994. The proposals contained in the RIS and DPBT are as follows: Significant changes to

    Review of Section 61(5) of the Drugs Misuse Act 1986
    In 2002, commercial production of industrial hemp was made possible by amendments to insert Part 5B into the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (the Act). Industry participants must apply for a licence to research and/or grow industrial hemp. As part of the licensing process, the Queensland Police Service performs a criminal history check to assist in establishing the bona fides of licence applicants. Secti

    Amendments to regulated water and periods for Qld saucer scallops
    The Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 1999 (the Plan) is subordinate legislation and complements the Fisheries Regulation 2008 in achieving the objectives of the Fisheries Act 1994. The Fisheries Act provides for the use, conservation and enhancement of the community’s fisheries resources and fish habitats in a way that seeks to promote ecologically sustainable development. It is propo

    Status of the Tramp Ant Programs in Queensland
    Queensland is currently implementing three eradication programs for tramp ants. These are for the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), the electric ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) and the yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes). The National Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) Program commenced in 2001 with operations completed on approximately 60 000 hectares. In 2007-08, RIFA were detected on on

    Stock Route Policy Reform
    Cabinet – August 2009 Stock Route Policy Reform Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Cabinet considered a suite of proposed reforms to policy governing the management and use of the stock route network in Queensland. The proposed reform

    Implementation of the Independent Review of Hendra Virus Cases
    Hendra virus is a potentially fatal virus transmitted from bats to horses and rarely to humans; since its discovery in 1994, there have been 41 cases of Hendra virus reported in horses and six cases in humans, three of which have been fatal. Following two incidents of Hendra virus at Redlands and Proserpine in July and August 2008 respectively, the then Minister for Primary Industries and Fisherie

    Great Barrier Reef Protection Amendment Bill 2009
    The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is an outstanding World Heritage site contributing 63,000 jobs and nearly $6 billion annually to the State economy, mainly from tourism. Agriculture in the GBR catchment, primarily cattle grazing and cane farming, is the major source of nutrients, sediment and pesticide run off to the Reef lagoon; the primary drivers of long term decline in Reef health. In October 200

    Qld Timber Plantations Strategy
    The Queensland Timber Plantations Strategy (QTPS) is a commitment under the Queensland Government’s 2007 ClimateSmart 2050 Strategy and the 2009 ClimateQ: Toward a Greener Queensland document. The QTSP is a whole-of-government strategy designed to articulate and deliver on the Queensland Government’s policy objective of encouraging new private investment in commercial (large scale) timber plantati

    Strategic cropping land policy framework and legislative models
    In February 2010, the Queensland Government released a public discussion paper outlining the resources development and urbanisation pressures which are increasingly competing for land with agriculture. Queensland has a small area of land resources that are the most suitable for cropping production. The discussion paper proposed that the best cropping land, defined as strategic cropping land, sho

    RIS - Rocky Reef Fin Fish Fishery
    The Rocky Reef Fin Fish Fishery includes three key species – snapper, pearl perch and teraglin. The key species are primarily caught offshore near rocky reef and inter-reefal habitats down to a depth of 200m from Bundaberg to the New South Wales border; although snapper are found as far north as Mackay. The fishery is managed under the Fisheries Act 1994 and the Fisheries Regulation 2008. The key

    Great Sandy Regional Marine Aquaculture Plan Policy Marine Authorities
    The Queensland Government has adopted a planning approach for aquaculture, to ensure that future aquaculture development is suitably located and managed, and to increase the opportunities for involvement of affected stakeholders including the public. Initial planning activities focussed on guiding the development of non-intensive (that is, no feed added) marine aquaculture activities in the Great

    Food for a Growing Economy
    Queensland’s rich natural resources, tropical location, robust regulatory framework and investment in research and development (R&D) provide a competitive advantage for the production of high-quality, internationally competitive food. Population growth and rising affluence in developing countries presents significant opportunities for Queensland as a net exporter of food. However, major challenge

    Chicken Meat Industry Amendment Bill 2011
    The Chicken Meat Industry Amendment Bill 2011 deals with the future of the Chicken Meat Industry Committee (CMIC) which was examined as part of the Independent Review of Queensland Government Boards, Committees and Statutory Authorities in 2009. The government accepted the review recommendation to abolish the CMIC as a statutory body, but agreed that this would await the outcome of a review of th

    Fisheries Legislation Amendment and Repeal Regulation (No. 1) 2011
    The Fisheries Legislation Amendment and Repeal Regulation (No.1) 2011 provides for amendments to the Fisheries Regulation 2008 which will incorporate relevant and reviewed provisions that currently exist in the Fisheries (Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish) Management Plan 1999 and insert a new declared Fish Habitat Area for Pine River Bay, located in the north west region of Albatross Bay (Wei

    Biosecurity Bill 2011
    The Biosecurity Bill 2011 will streamline and enhance Queensland’s capacity to respond to biosecurity challenges of the future. It ensures Queensland has the flexibility to respond to evolving biosecurity risks, and is built on the strategic concept of mitigating the risk and impacts to the economy, the environment, social amenity and human health associated with biosecurity matter. The purpose

    Protecting Primary Production Amendment Bill 2011
    The Protecting Primary Production Amendment Bill 2011 proposes a number of desirable, non-controversial, amendments to six Acts within the portfolio jurisdiction of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies as suitable for an omnibus or miscellaneous amendment Bill. These amendments will ensure the effective administration/operation of the respective Acts and implement the outcome

    Stock Route Network Management Bill 2011
    The Queensland stock route network comprises approximately 2.6 million hectares of roads declared as stock routes and reserves for travelling stock. These roads and reserves also have iconic cultural heritage, recreational, environmental and biodiversity attributes. The Stock Route Network Management Bill 2011 contains reforms to the management and use of the stock route network in Queensland and

    Appointment of the chairperson and a director of the QRAA board
    QRAA is a statutory authority established under the Rural and Regional Adjustment Act 1994 (the Act). Its main function is to administer assistance schemes that foster the development of a more productive and sustainable rural and regional sector in Queensland. This includes assistance schemes under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (for example cyclone and flood recovery sche

    Appointments to the Safe Food Production Qld Board
    Safe Food Production QLD (Safe Food) is a statutory authority established under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000. Safe Food is required to develop, implement and administer food safety schemes, based on national standards, for a range of primary produce. Food safety schemes for the seafood, meat, dairy and egg industries have been implemented. Safe Food has a board of directors which is res

    Inter-Governmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform
    A review of the National Drought Program (NDP) has been underway since 2008. The Commonwealth and State and Territory Ministers for agricultures’ Standing Council on Primary Industries (SCoPI) are leading the reform process. SCoPI has endorsed policy principles to guide the development of a new program to help farmers move from ‘crisis’ management to ‘risk’ management. A new NDP aims to improve

    Milk Pricing (Fair Milk Mark) Bill 2013
    The Milk Pricing (Fair Milk Mark) Bill 2013 (the Bill) was introduced by Mr Shane Knuth MP, Member for Dalrymple, on 2 May 2013. The Bill proposed the establishment of a ‘fair milk mark’ that can only be placed on milk that has been purchased from dairy producers at a ‘fair milk price’. The Bill proposed that the responsible Minister would set the fair milk price, which would be at least eight

    Queensland Government Response to Agriculture Resources and Environment Committee Report No 13
    On 7 June 2012, the Legislative Assembly resolved that the Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee investigate and report on methods to: reduce regulatory requirements impacting on agriculture and resource industries in Queensland; and to further promote economic development while balancing environmental protections. The Committee tabled Report No. 13, Inquiry into Queensland’s Agricult

    Response Land Protection Legislation Flying fox Control Bill 2012
    The Member for Dalrymple, Mr Shane Knuth MP, introduced the Land Protection Legislation (Flying-fox Control) Amendment Bill 2012 as a Private Member’s Bill on 21 June 2012. The Bill amends the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 and the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to control the health risks posed by flying-foxes. The policy intent of these amendments is to empower a landow

    Appointments Darling Downs Moreton Rabbit Board
    The Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board (the Board) is a statutory body under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002. The Board’s major function is to manage rabbits in the part of the State shown as the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board District on a map held by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. This is to ensure that the land situated in the rabbit d

    Appointments to the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Qld
    The Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland (the Board) is a statutory authority established under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936 to oversee the system of registration and supervision of veterinary surgeons, and the approval of veterinary premises in Queensland. The Board consists of six members appointed by the Governor in Council. All members other than the chairperson may be appointed for a t

    Queensland Forest and timber industry plan
    The Queensland Government, along with the forest and timber industry, have recognised that there is a need to collaborate to develop practical strategies to address industry challenges to enable the sector to realise its full potential. Accordingly, the Queensland Government included the development of the Queensland Forest and Timber Industry Plan (the Plan) in its first Six Month Action Plan (J

    IGA Framework for agricultural and veterinary chemicals
    An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), which was signed by Agriculture/Primary Industries Ministers for each jurisdiction in 1995, provides the current basis for the operation of the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals. In 2010, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) approved A National Policy Framework for the Assessment, Registration and Control of Use o

    Queensland Agriculture Strategy
    Agriculture is a pillar of the Queensland economy. It creates jobs, is worth over $14.7 billion per annum to the Queensland economy, earns vital export revenue and remains the lifeblood of many rural and regional communities across the state. To rebuild Queensland, the Government must rebuild agriculture. The Queensland Government’s 2040 vision for agriculture, fisheries and forestry is for an e

    Agriculture and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill 2013
    The Agriculture and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 proposes a number of amendments to portfolio legislation that will ensure the effective administration and operation of the respective Acts, fulfil an election commitment, achieve a reduction in red tape including through the omission of redundant legislation and implement the outcomes of legislative reviews and national proposed arrange

    2013 Drought Assistance Package
    Northern and western Queensland is currently experiencing very dry conditions. These conditions led to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry declaring drought in the council areas of Etheridge, Croydon, Carpentaria, Burke, Doomadgee, Cloncurry, McKinlay, Flinders, Boulia, Diamantina, Murweh and Paroo, effective 1 April 2013. This is equivalent to one third of Queensland’s land area.

    Agricultural College Amendment Bill 2013
    The Agricultural College Amendment Bill 2013 provides for amendments to the Agricultural College Act 2005 (the Act) to restructure and rename the Australian Agricultural College Corporation and to replace the existing advisory board with a new governing board. The Australian Agricultural College Corporation (AACC) is established under the Act as a corporation sole. As a Registered Training Authori

    Biosecurity Bill 2013
    Queensland’s current biosecurity legislation is reactive, prescriptive and includes obsolete, overlapping and inconsistent approaches. It lacks the flexibility to enable efficient responses to Queensland's emerging biosecurity risks. The Biosecurity Bill 2013 will deliver a cohesive legislative framework that provides flexible powers to respond in a timely and effective way to animal and plant dis

    Chicken Meat Industry Committee Amendment Bill 2014
    The Chicken Meat Industry Committee is a statutory committee established under the Chicken Meat Industry Committee Act 1976. The Chicken Meat Industry Committee’s primary functions are to facilitate negotiations of agreements between chicken growers and processors, to facilitate mediation and arbitration of disputes (where required), to represent growers and processors and to provide information o

    Criminal Code and Another Act (Stock) Amendment Bill 2014
    In January 2012, in response to primary industry calls for law reform on stock-related offending, the then Attorney-General approved the formation of a Stock Working Group to review provisions of the Criminal Code and other Acts relating to stock. The Chair of the working group was Mr John Jerrard QC, former Justice of the Queensland Court of Appeal, and the working group was made up of various st

    Appointment Veterinary Surgeons Board of Qld
    The Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland is a statutory authority established under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936 to oversee the system of registration and supervision of veterinary surgeons, and the approval of veterinary premises in Queensland. The Board consists of six members appointed by the Governor in Council. All members other than the chairperson may be appointed for a term of up to

    Forestry Amendment Bill 2014
    Under automatic expiry provisions in the Statutory Instruments Act 1992, the Forestry Regulation 1998 must be remade. The Regulation was scheduled to expire in 2009 but its expiry was extended on the basis that provisions of the Forestry Act 1959 (the Act) were under review. The Regulation is now scheduled to expire on 31 August 2014 and needs to be remade before then. The relevant provisions of t

    Appointments to Australian Agricultural College Advisory Board and Local College Boards
    The Australian Agricultural College Corporation (AACC), established under the Agricultural College Act 2005, is to be restructured from a corporation sole to a statutory body. It will also be renamed as the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC). The QATC is to have a governing board responsible for the strategic direction and financial management of the corporation. It will also have bo

    Appointment of the QRAA Board
    QRAA is a statutory authority established under the Rural and Regional Adjustment Act 1994. Its main function is to administer assistance schemes that foster the development of a more productive and sustainable rural and regional sector in Queensland. This includes assistance schemes under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (for example cyclone and flood recovery schemes) and

    Implementation of Net Free Fishing Zones
    The Sustainable Fishing Policy, released during the 2015 election, committed $10 million to introduce three Net Free Zones near Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton to grow the economic benefits from recreational and charter fishing. That commitment was also subsequently included in The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan endorsed by the State and Commonweath Governments and submitted to the UNESCO

    Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
    The Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 amends ten Acts within the Agriculture and Fisheries portfolio. The Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 will: clarify the interpretation and application of the existing legislation; address inconsistencies with Commonwealth legislation; reduce obligations for suppliers of permanent identification devices for cats and do

    Tully Banana Industry- Biosecurity response to Panama Disease Tropical Race 4
    Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) has been confirmed on a Tully banana property. There are limited disease control options for TR4 as it cannot be effectively controlled using fungicides or other methods such as soil fumigants. The rate of spread of TR4 is dependent upon the success of physical containment and management mechanisms implemented on affected farms to reduce the risk of movement

    Etheridge Integrated Agriculture Project
    Integrated Food and Energy Developments (IFED) was established to develop a world-leading, large-scale, vertically-integrated, privately-funded, broad-acre irrigated cropping, grazing and primary processing business in the Etheridge Shire, North Queensland. The Etheridge Integrated Agriculture Project (EIAP) will have an initial focus of producing sugar, guar gum, cattle and associated by-produc

    Release of Queensland Fisheries Review recommendations
    The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries manages Queensland’s fisheries resources on behalf of all Queenslanders. Fisheries are a public resource, contested by thousands of commercial producers and hundreds of thousands of recreational fishers in Queensland. There is a vast policy and legislative framework of regulations, procedures, practices, rules, limits and permit conditions to manage fish

    Appointments to QRAA Board
    QRAA is a statutory body established under the Rural and Regional Adjustment Act 1994. QRAA’s main function is to administer assistance schemes that foster the development of a more productive and sustainable rural and regional sector in Queensland. This includes assistance schemes under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (for example cyclone and flood recovery schemes) and the

    Establishment of a Rural Debt Taskforce
    Prevailing drought conditions in several regions of the State over recent months (and in some cases years) have exacerbated the issues faced by some Queensland farm businesses in terms of accessing sufficient finance and/or maintaining their repayments on existing debt. As a result, the issue of rural debt has been the focus of considerable recent media coverage and some stakeholders have sought a

    Mineral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
    The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (the Act) was the first step in Modernising Queensland Resources Acts Program. While the Act primarily served to establish a new common Act for resources tenures, it also contained other changes to implement a range of additional policy objectives. The Mineral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) amends or repeals the r

    Appointments to Safe Food Production QLD Board
    Safe Food Production QLD (Safe Food) is a statutory authority established under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000. Safe Food is required to develop, implement and administer food safety schemes, based on national standards, for a range of primary produce. Food safety schemes for the seafood, meat, dairy, egg and horticulture (seed sprouts) sectors have been implemented. Safe Food has a board

    Fisheries Management Reform Green Paper
    Queensland’s fisheries resources are managed by the Queensland Government on behalf of the broader community. Over the last decade it has become apparent that the current framework used to manage these resources is not optimising the potential economic, social and environmental outcomes these resources could potentially generate for the community. Competition for access to these resources has incr

    Government response - Queensland Competition Authority report on Aquaculture Regulation
    Over the past decade, growth of the aquaculture industry in Queensland has stagnated with no new major entrants to the industry and only three significant pond farm expansions being approved. The Queensland aquaculture industry contends that new investment in the sector is being discouraged by a complex and protracted regulatory framework, with no certainty about the outcome. In September 2013, t

    Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016
    The Government is committed to assisting rural producers and communities across the State that are affected by debt and unprecedented drought conditions. With 83.92% of the State drought-declared, the additional $77.9 million in funding over five years for the Rural Assistance and Drought Package provided in the 2016-17 Budget comes at a crucial time for rural and regional Queensland. The $36 mill

    Working Holiday Maker Visa Review
    In August 2016, the Australian Government announced that it would be conducting a review of the broad range of issues affecting the supply and taxation of labour performed by working holiday maker visa holders (the WHM Review). The WHM Review included a proposal to remove the tax threshold for working holiday maker visa holders which would see the application of a tax rate of 32.5 per cent for no

    Stock Route Network Management Bill 2016
    Queensland’s stock route network is made up of roads or routes declared under the Stock Route Management Act 2002 along which stock may be moved on foot; and reserves (including camping, water, pasture and trucking reserves) dedicated under the Land Act 1994 for the purpose of travelling stock. The stock route network traverses approximately 72 000 km of Queensland and is also used for other purp

    Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 2010 - amendments to protect the sustainability of scallops
    The trawl industry over the last year or more has expressed concern about declining scallop catches. Catch rates between January 2015 and April 2016 were the lowest in 39-year record of catches. A stock assessment was completed in October 2016 and shows that the biomass is potentially as low as 6% of its original biomass, and is at the lowest in the recorded history of the fishery. Urgent action

    Appointments to boards of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges and Emerald and Longreach colleges
    The Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a corporation established under the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges Act 2005 (the Act). The corporation is comprised of a governing board of up to seven members appointed by the Governor in Council. The governing board for QATC is responsible for the way QATC performs its functions and exercises its powers. The Act also provides for

    Agriculture Sector and Ekka Precinct Redevelopment
    The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (the RNA) promotes and encourages the development of Queensland’s agricultural, industrial, manufacturing and cultural resources. The primary production sector (including agriculture, fisheries and forestry) contributes significantly to the Queensland economy. For 2015-16, the total value of Queensland’s primary industry com

    Appointment of directors of Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board
    The Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board is a statutory authority established as an invasive animal board under the Biosecurity Act 2014. The Act provides that the directors are appointed by the Minister for a term of no more than four years. The Board’s main function is to maintain the rabbit barrier fence and manage the European rabbit in the Darling Downs-Moreton rabbit district which is spread

    Government response to Agriculture and Environment Committee Report No 29 Review of Drought Relief Assistance Scheme
    The Agriculture and Environment Committee has undertaken a review of the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) in accordance with its public accounts responsibilities under the Parliament of Queensland Act 2001. On 3 January 2017, the Committee tabled its report with five recommendations for the Government. The Committee recommended that the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries develop an upd

    Government response to Agriculture and Environment Committee Report No. 24 Hendra virus vaccine
    On 25 February 2016, the Legislative Assembly agreed to a motion that the Agriculture and Environment Committee inquire into and report on the Hendra virus (HeV) EquiVac® vaccine and its use by veterinary surgeons in Queensland. The Committee tabled its Report on 21 October 2016. The report made 11 recommendations for the Government to consider relating to Queensland’s sole laboratory with Hendra

    Finance and Administration Committee Report No. 34 Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016
    On 30 August 2016, the Government introduced the Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016. The Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016 includes a legislated farm debt mediation process and transforming the QRAA (formerly the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority) into the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority with new powers and responsibilities. On 26 May 2016, the Member for Mt Isa, M

    Sustainable Fisheries Strategy and Charter Fishing Action Plan
    The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries manages Queensland’s fisheries resources on behalf of all Queenslanders. Fisheries are a public resource that need to be sustainably managed with access shared across a number of fishing sectors in the interests of all Queenslanders. The government made a number of commitments in relation to fisheries including the establishment of three net free zones a

    Appointment of directors of the QRAA Board
    QRAA is a statutory body established under the Rural and Regional Adjustment Act 1994. Its main function is to administer assistance schemes that foster the development of a more productive and sustainable rural and regional sector in Queensland. This includes assistance schemes under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (for example cyclone and flood recovery schemes) and the Pr

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