AGRICULTURE minister David Littleproud has announced the appointment of Rob Delane as the nation’s new inspector-general of biosecurity.

The IGB is tasked with keeping Australia safe from exotic pests and diseases.

Mr Littleproud said Rob Delane would bring a wealth of experience.

“The inspector-general of biosecurity provides a valuable independent perspective as they assess and improve how we manage Australia’s biosecurity,” the minister said.

“Increased passenger movement and trade means more biosecurity risks and challenges, so it is important to review our systems to make sure they are effective.

“With 40 years’ experience in science-based work, including biosecurity programs across animal and plant industries, Mr Delane is well qualified. We need a strong biosecurity system to protect our farms, our $60 billion farm industry, our environment and our way of life, which could all be threatened by pests and diseases.”

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Mr Delane has been appointed for a three year term, starting work in July when incumbent IGB Dr Helen Scott-Orr’s term expires.

“Dr Scott-Orr has been in the role since 2016, and in this time has completed a number of reviews including those on uncooked prawn imports, invasive mosquitoes, and is also working on current inquiries including into pre-border biosecurity measures, and managing the risks of brown marmorated stink bugs,” Mr Littleproud said.

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