Legislation is changing
The Biosecurity Act 2015 was passed by Parliament in September 2015 and once it commences in mid-2017, will replace 10 whole existing Acts and parts of four other Acts.
Supporting subordinate legislation is in the final stages of development to align the management of biosecurity risks with the tools and powers contained in the Act. This follows extensive consultation with the community, government and industry on the proposed Biosecurity Regulation 2016.
The proposed Regulation, like the Biosecurity Act, covers the biosecurity spectrum, reducing the need for multiple regulations.
The Biosecurity Act 2015 will provide greater flexibility and improved capacity in the response, management and control of biosecurity risks, and supports the vision of the Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021 that biosecurity is a shared responsibility between government, industry and the community.
It will provide for a range of tools and powers that can be used to support risk-based decision making and allow for increased efficiency and decreased regulation.
Biosecurity means protecting the economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases and weeds. Biosecurity is essential to ensuring the safety, wellbeing and prosperity of all people.
Australia is in a unique position because of its isolation and strong quarantine regulations. We have managed to remain safe from many threats as a result of this. NSW by extension has been able to maintain good biosecurity measures.
Changes in a number of external factors have meant that more and more we must be vigilant about strengthening our measures and upholding biosecurity.
Local Land Services works with landholders, industry and the community to uphold biosecurity.
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