WA Biodiscovery Bill information sessions

Posted: May 2nd, 2023

The State Government’s Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation is developing new biodiscovery legislation for Western Australia and holding information sessions across the State during May.

The Biodiscovery Bill will set out processes to ensure that, if Traditional Knowledge associated with a genetic resource has been shared with a researcher, the benefits are shared with the Traditional Knowledge custodians on mutually agreed terms.

The information sessions will detail recommendations from the first consultation phase in 2022 and a proposed model for the Bill. Dates and location are as follows:

  • Broome: 10am-2pm, Friday, 12 May
  • Kununurra: 10am-2pm, Monday, 15 May
  • Albany: 10am-2pm, Monday, 22 May
  • Port Hedland: 10am-2pm, Wednesday, 24 May
  • Kalgoorlie: 10am-2pm, Friday, 26 May
  • Geraldton: 10am-2pm, Monday, 29 May
  • Perth: 1pm-5pm, Wednesday, 31 May

The sessions will be facilitated by Roanna Edwards from PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting. Register your place here and learn more at the WA Biodiscovery Bill website.

While the department is unable to pay sitting fees for attendance, it may be able to provide support for Traditional Owners to travel to attend a workshop. Email biodiscovery@jtsi.wa.gov.au or call (08) 6277 3000 to discuss.

WA Biodiscovery Bill information sessions