Independent Review of the Queensland Fruit Fly Response
The 2018-2019 Queensland fruit fly (QFF) response was the largest biosecurity response in Tasmania’s history.
An Independent Review into the Tasmanian QFF incursion and response has now commenced. Mr Mike Blake has been engaged to conduct the review. Mr Blake, former Tasmanian Auditor-General, brings a wealth of experience to the role, having undertaken the Independent Review of the 2016 floods in Tasmania, together with a substantial background in both the public and private sector.
The aim of the Review is to consider the lessons learnt to ensure that Tasmania is best placed to manage the risk which QFF poses to our horticultural industries, including;
- Lessons from the incursion applicable to national and state arrangements
- Industry engagement and communication
- Community information and communications
- Improvements to the biosecurity emergency response system to protect Tasmania from any future incursions
- Any other related matters that will inform future incursion responses
The Review will make recommendations for any revisions to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment’s (DPIPWE) Tasmanian Fruit Fly Strategy 2017-2050.
Written submissions were invited by 31 May as the first stage of the review process. The second stage of the process was a series of public consultation and stakeholder meetings with Mr Blake throughout July 2019. Mr Blake is now considering the written and verbal submissions and a report is expected to be finalised by the end of 2019.