STINKBUGS and emerging biosecurity reforms are to be discussed by an expert panel from across government and business in Sydney next week.

Organised by the Freight and Trade Alliance, the panel consists of the Australian Border Force NSW regional commander Danielle Yannopoulos, as well as representatives of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (on stink bugs and emerging biosecurity reforms) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (on free trade agreements).

Lawyer Russell Wiese from Hunt & Hunt Lawyers is to provide some legal commentary.

FTA is hosting the event at the Novotel Brighton Le Sands on 9 April as part of its first annual state conference.


FTA director Caroline Zalai said they were delighted with 170 registrations for the Sydney event already recorded.

“This is an amazing response to the first of our 2019 series of events – we look forward to replicating these programs in Brisbane on 2 May and in Melbourne on 19 June,” Ms Zalai said.

The full day program also provides 24 Continuing Professional Development points for customs brokers.

The event also provides the first of the year’s Continued Biosecurity Competency sessions required by importers and customs brokers to maintain their accreditation. Contact the FTA for more information.