Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 06, 2024


Cost-Recovery Review Process

The Hon. C. BONAROS (15:44): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development:

1. Can the minister provide an update on what is fast becoming an infamous cost-recovery review process?

2. Are we any closer to finalising the inquiry report and sharing it with industry stakeholders?

3. Is the minister still committed to doing this before making any final decisions regarding the recommendations and the report being considered by cabinet?

4. Have any of the recommendations or content of that report undergone any Treasury costings to date?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:44): I thank the honourable member for her question and also her ongoing interest in matters to do with fisheries. Just to recap, the independent cost-recovery review panel submitted its final report to PIRSA in October 2023. Obviously, I have looked at both reports and both sets of recommendations, recalling that there are two reports: one to do with the aquaculture sector and one to do with the fisheries sector. Government is considering these recommendations carefully and work is well underway in finalising a response, and I will have more to say in the near future.