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Australian government invests $66.6 million to keep ASF out

The government is providing an ASF response package including more biosecurity officers, new x-ray machines, and detector dogs to ensure the country never has an outbreak.

Thursday 12 December 2019 (1 months 6 days ago)
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ASF has never occurred in Australia; however, its changing distribution means a significant biosecurity threat to the country.

On December 11, 2019 the Australian Government announced $66.6 million to address the immediate threat of African swine fever (ASF). This funding will deliver:

  • more biosecurity officers and six new detector dogs
  • two new 3D x-ray machines that will be installed in the Sydney and Melbourne mail centres
  • a new squad of post-border biosecurity officers to help identify and target incorrectly declared products brought into Australia for sale
  • market access negotiations to facilitate continued trade if we did have an ASF outbreak
  • Development of a mobile capability through the implementation of portable devices to manage passenger biosecurity. This will include the roll-out of a portable device to issue infringements and accept payments, enabling biosecurity officers to infringe on the spot in airports.

December 11, 2019/ Australian Department of Agriculture/
https://www.agriculture.gov.au/

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