Confirmed dates for commodity intakes at the new post entry quarantine facility

The Australian Government is investing in the future of Australia’s biosecurity system through the design and construction of a new post entry quarantine facility in Mickleham, Victoria. The facility will be officially opened in October 2015 and will begin to accept its first commodity intakes.

Commodity intakes at Mickleham have been staggered across October through to December to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption to services. The availability of the facility for the first commodity intakes are:

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.

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A new Post Entry Quarantine Facility

135 Donnybrook Road, Mickleham, Victoria, 3064 In July 2012 the Australian Government announced the acquisition of a parcel of land located on Donnybrook Road in Mickleham, Victoria for construction of the new Post Entry Quarantine facility. The 144 hectare site was selected jointly by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Finance. More than twenty five sites in several states were considered against criteria which included the following:

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