For the past decade inbound passenger numbers have grown by over 45 per cent. Traveller
numbers are projected to grow by a further 23 per cent over the next four years, with 24 million
inbound passengers per annum expected by 2020.
Maintaining effective biosecurity services at international airports and sea ports requires funding
growth as workloads increase with passenger arrivals.
Incoming passengers are screened to manage the risk of exotic pests and diseases to Australia’s
plant, animal and human health status.
Why is this important?
The resources required to meet an increase of biosecurity workload due to ongoing international
passenger growth cannot be absorbed within existing resources without an impact on other
critical biosecurity operations.
Who will benefit?
The continued growth of international aviation and the cruise ship industry in Australia will
mean more international passengers at air and sea ports. This growth benefits regional Australia,
cities and the tourism industry as well as the economy.
What will this cost?
International Ports – Supplementary Funding - $14.8m