As required by the Biosecurity Act 2015, the Inspector-General consulted with the Director of Biosecurity and the Minister of Agriculture in the development of the review program. The Inspector-General also consulted with other biosecurity stakeholders internal and external to the department.
Initial review topics were selected with the assumption that further topics might be identified. The topics and scope may be modified as consultation proceeds and changes in the biosecurity operating environment necessitate additional or alternative reviews.
Review program 2022-25
|Strategic management of the department’s biosecurity science resource||This review will assess the effectiveness of the department’s strategic management of its biosecurity science resource to achieve its purpose, objectives and priorities in the national biosecurity system.|
|Adequacy of the department’s management and use of its data assets||This review will consider the effectiveness of the department’s management and use of its data assets to underpin evidence-based decisions, and the data policy and its implementation in the Biosecurity and Compliance Group.|
|Environmental biosecurity - management and policy implementation||This review will examine the department’s effectiveness in addressing high-risk environmental biosecurity concerns such as myrtle rust and browsing ants, and the effectiveness of the department’s implementation of the Chief Environmental Biosecurity Office.|
|Northern Australian Biosecurity||This review will examine the implementation of the northern Australia biosecurity strategy 2030.|
|Appropriateness of the department’s arrangements for stakeholder engagement in the national biosecurity system||This review will consider the appropriateness of the department’s arrangements, practices and platforms to effectively engage with stakeholders in the national biosecurity system.|
|Effectiveness of the department’s animal health policy and implementation||This review will consider the effectiveness of the department’s governance arrangements for animal health policy, international engagements and their national implementation, and the department’s leadership in national arrangements for animal health.|
|Assurance and verification in the department||This review will assess the department’s strategic planning of the assurance and verification function; the effectiveness of implementing and delivering the department’s regulatory assurance framework.|
|Implementation of Inspector-General of Biosecurity recommendations||This review will assess the effectiveness of the department’s management and implementation of previous IGB recommendations.|