Preliminary Feedback Sought on Biodiscovery Bill – have your say!

Posted: October 29th, 2019

Photo provided by J Kalpers with permission

The Western Australian Government is currently preparing a Biodiscovery Bill that is scheduled to be introduced to Parliament. The Bill may have a large impact on Aboriginal people, and needs your feedback to guide the process.

It is important that any research into and development of resources occurs in a way that protects the interests of Aboriginal people.  The legislation will set out processes to ensure lawful acquisition and fair sharing of any benefits arising from the use of Western Australian biological resources and or traditional knowledge.

Preliminary feedback is being sought at this stage so that legislation can be introduced to Parliament. YMAC encourages people to look at the discussion paper : Info sheet for PBCs and NTRBs_Biodiscovery Bill  and provide your feedback before 5pm on 8 November 2019, directly to:

Melinda Hayes (General Manager, Science and Innovation Division) Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Ph 9222 0728

Email: Melinda.hayes@jtsi.wa.gov.au