New biosecurity legislation

The Biosecurity Bill 2012 and Inspector–General of Biosecurity Bill 2012 were introduced into the Parliament on 28 November 2012 and provided to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for inquiry.

The House of Representatives was dissolved on 5 August 2013 and the Bills have lapsed.

The Australian Government has developed new legislation to replace the century-old Quarantine Act 1908. The new legislation is a cornerstone of our reforms and the implementation of a risk based approach to biosecurity management. The new legislation is designed to enable us to better manage the risks of animal and plant pests and diseases entering, establishing, and spreading in Australia potentially causing harm to people, the environment and the economy.

The legislation is designed to deliver broader, yet simpler provisions that provide flexible powers to efficiently and responsively manage biosecurity risks. It will focus on responsive regulation enabling a system that intervenes where there is a biosecurity risk that needs to be managed and promotes effective cooperation between government, trading partners, industry participants and community.

Draft Regulations

The department has released the draft chapters of the Biosecurity Regulation for:

The department has also released the draft Inspector-General of Biosecurity Regulation 2013.

Comments and feedback

Comments and feedback are welcome at any time and can be provided by email, written submission or phone 1800 040 629.

These draft chapters of the Biosecurity Regulation and the draft Inspector-General of Biosecurity Regulation are published for discussion purposes. Information about final dates for comment and future consultation activities will be published on the department website after the Senate Committee has made its recommendations.

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