Preparation for ruminants...and the PEQ facility wins an award.

Following the official handover to the department at the end of June, the PEQ team spent the first half of July ensuring that the new ruminant compound was fit for purpose before commencing operations later in the year.

During this operational commissioning phase 30 locally sourced alpacas checked into the compound to run through operational processes. This test run was part of quality assurance activities to ensure the compound is ready to start accepting imported stock from August.


Avian compound takes shape

Stage two construction works at the Post Entry Quarantine facility at Mickleham are continuing with the avian facility and second stage of the dog compound starting to take shape.

At the avian compound the external and internal walls have been going up over the past few weeks.

This compound will combine live bird and hatching egg capabilities. There will be a series of individual and completely separate containment areas, all with separate access.


Dog and cat facility hosts first stay

The dog and cat compounds of the new Mickleham facility have concluded operational commissioning this week. The commissioning tests the new facility with domestic animals as a final check to ensure it is ready to accept international arrivals.

The Department of Agriculture worked with the Lost Dogs’ Home to have 22 dogs and cats stay at the facility for a period of a week. Some of the staff became so attached to their charges that they have already applied to adopt them.


Post entry quarantine supporting agricultural industries

Australia is recognised worldwide as a producer of clean, green and disease and pest free agricultural products. This is reflected in the demand for Australian exports, valued at $41 billion in 2013–14. Australia’s strong biosecurity system and favourable biosecurity status supports Australian producers to access international markets. Assisting farmers to access premium markets is a priority for the Government, as outlined in the recently released Agricultural Competitiveness White paper.