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Tasmania's import risk analysis framework (July 2010)

Tasmania's Import Risk Analysis Framework (RAF). 

The RAF explains the process that DPIPWE uses to assess the pest and disease risks of imports, and identify suitable risk management options. The RAF will help ensure Tasmania' s Appropriate Level of Protection is met in ways that are defensible, transparent, effective and consistent with our legal obligations for regulating trade and travel to minimise biosecurity risk.

The RAF describes international, national and state biosecurity policy for import risk analysis and regulation and in particular, highlights how Tasmania's unique biosecurity risk profile sets us apart from the rest of the country.

The RAF presents a method for import risk analysis consistent with the approach used by Biosecurity Australia, and relevant international standards. Scientific uncertainty is common in risk analysis, so judgement often has to be used. Awareness of factors that influence how people judge risk is important to import risk analysis, so the RAF also explains some main features of risk perception.

The RAF emphasises the adaptive nature of import risk analysis. An estimate that is reliable today may become less so over time because risks change. Ways of monitoring whether import risk management measures remain fit-for-purpose are included in the RAF.