AFTER a number of turbulent years, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has settled in Armidale and is performing better than ever, industry groups say.
Former Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce controversially ordered the relocation of the APVMA from Canberra to the regional NSW city within his electorate in October 2016.
The move was met with grave concern from the agriculture industry. More than 100 experienced staff left the organisation, while there were reports of staff working out of the Armidale McDonald’s because of delays with finding a permanent office.
It’s application performance plummeted, falling as low as 30 per cent within the statutory timeframe for some categories, prompting an inquiry into its…