Biosecurity—Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed

WHAT IS THE EPPRD?

The Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) is a formal legally binding agreement between Plant Health Australia, the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and national plant industry body signatories (which includes Australian Mango Industry Association) covering the management and funding of responses to Emergency Plant Pests (EPPs). Plant Health Australia is the custodian of the EPPRD.

The EPPRD formalises the shared role in EPP response decision making between government and industry, outlines the cost sharing arrangements of approved responses and provides a framework for owner reimbursement costs.

WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY PLANT PEST?

The EPPRD is only activated for the eradication of plant pests with nationally significant economic or environmental impact that are also one of the following:

  • a known exotic plant pest
  • a variant form of a plant pest already established in Australia
  • a previously unknown pest
  • an officially controlled pest.

EPPs are assigned to one of four categories based on their potential impacts on public health, environment, regional and national economics, trade and market access and control or production costs. This categorisation determines the government/industry funding ratio for the cost of the response.

HOW ARE INCURSIONS MANAGED?

The Australian Emergency Plant Pest Response Plan (PLANTPLAN) provides nationally endorsed, best practice operational guidelines for EPP incursion responses. It outlines the phases of an incursion, and the key roles and responsibilities of industry and government during each of the phases. Any response to a pest under the EPPRD must be run in accordance with PLANTPLAN.

OWNER REIMBURSEMENT COSTS

Owners of crops or properties damaged or destroyed as a direct result of a requirement under an approved Response Plan may be eligible for reimbursement payments under the EPPRD.

HOW TO REPORT A SUSPECTED PEST

If you suspect an EPP, contact the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881. If the pest is identified as likely to be an EPP, it will trigger a formal series of events via the state or territory Department of Primary Industry under the direction of the local Chief Plant Health Manager.

MORE INFORMATION

For further information visit: https://www.planthealthaustralia.com.au/biosecurity/emergency-plant-pest-response-deed/.

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