From 1 July 2010, the Cattle IFS commenced to address biosecurity threats relevant to the WA cattle industry.
The scheme uses funding arrangements authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), whereby contributions are collected from the WA cattle industry. These contributions replace the ‘transaction charge’ that was authorised under the Cattle Industry Compensation Act 1965.
The Regulations enabling the Cattle IFS were published in the Western Australian Government Gazette No. 87 (21 May 2010), this document can be found by searching the Western Australian legislation website.
On the 1 June 2018 the Minister for Agriculture and Food approved the Cattle IFS 2018/19 area of operation and contribution rate. Notice was published in the Western Australian Government Gazette, which can be found on the Western Australian legislation website.
A 20 cent contribution on the sale of all cattle/carcasses produced within the State in 2018/19 will be collected to fund surveillance programs for Johne’s disease in cattle, bovine tuberculosis and enzootic bovine leucosis, and may also be used to manage potential future incursions of other pests/diseases. During 2018/19, the scheme will operate across the whole of WA.