Workshop Proceedings: Risk assessment processes for import and keeping of exotic vertebrates in Australia

This report summarises the proceedings of a workshop that reviewed government risk assessment processes for the import and keeping of exotic vertebrates in Australia. The workshop was held by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) on 25?26 February 2009 in Canberra.

The workshops’ primary aim was to produce recommendations for an improved system for regulating the import and keeping of exotic animals in Australia, to ensure we are adequately protected from new pest incursions.

The key recommendations of the workshop include a:

  • nationally agreed approach for
    • a single risk assessment system, each species assessed once, by accredited,
      independent assessors paid for by the applicant
    • levels of security needed for assigned threat categories
    • standards for secure facilities and auditing of these facilities
  • review and consolidation of information on exotic vertebrates within Australia
  • review of existing education packages and a rollout of revised packages in a
    communication campaign as a component of the Australian Pest Animal Strategy.
Author Henderson, WR.
Year 2009
Secondary title Risk Assessment Processess in Australia
Place published Canberra
Publisher Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
Institution Invasive Animals CRC
Pages 68 pp
ISBN/ISSN 978-0-9805996-2-6
Region Australia - national

Workshop Proceedings: Risk Assessment Processes