Australian Zones and Compartments: new client service models for the agricultural export trade
Project ID: 170604
Project Name: Australian Zones and Compartments: new client service models for the agricultural export trade
CEBRA Project Leader: Prof Tom Kompas
DA Sponsor: Tim Chapman, First Assistant Secretary
DA Division: Biosecurity Animal
DA Project Leader: Geoff Grossel, Animal Biosecurity Branch
Collaborators: Dr Tim Ryan, Aviagen ANZ (Industry Partner)
Global trade in animals and animal products is becoming more and more compartmentalised year-in year-out. To deal with biosecurity issues related to globalized trade, the OIE has developed the principle of compartmentalisation as a means for governments to facilitate trade in animals and animal products without compromising biosecurity risk. The compartmentalisation principles have been developed as guidelines and added as chapters to the OIE Terrestrial and Aquatic Codes. Member countries agree with, and recognize the international framework, which can be used by bi-lateral and multi-lateral trading partners to establish compartments for the purposes of safe trade. The OIE PVS Pathway has been established to evaluate Competent Authority (Veterinary Services) critical and essential competencies, of which, the ability to operate compartments is listed. When a Competent Authority embarks on a program to develop compartmentalisation competency the OIE recommends that a cost benefit analysis (feasibility study) be conducted.
Australia does not currently have an official compartmentalisation program available for willing and suitable industry participants to gain export market access. This project will develop a structured and comprehensive program based on the international standards for approving, operating and assessing the competency and functionality of services required to operate a compartment. An official program such as this also provides a professional, consistent and comprehensive format on which trade negotiations can be based. The program format also allows a trading partner to easily recognize and evaluate a proposal when considering safe market access. This project will develop a generic compartmentalisation policy and program under the control of the relevant Australian Competent Authority. Conduct a cost benefit analysis for participants to consider when applying for export market access under this program.