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Important changes to Australia’s Biosecurity System

Important changes to Australia’s Biosecurity System came into effect on 16 June 2016 with commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015.

The Biosecurity Act replaced the Quarantine Act 1908 and is designed to be flexible and responsive to changes in technology and future challenges. The Act:

  • provides a modern regulatory framework
  • reduces duplication and regulatory impacts
  • allows for current and future trading environments
  • allows for collaboration across government and industry.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is encouraging everyone, from casual travellers to regular importers, to make sure they’re aware of changes that  affect them.

Key stakeholders were given one year to transition to the new arrangements in order to ensure everyone understood their rights and responsibilities. There are serious consequences for non-compliance.

Information is available explaining the changes and how the legislation affects specific industries and client groups including:

  • importers, brokers and cargo industry
  • installations​
  • airlines and aircraft operators
  • shipping industry and port operators (stevedores)
  • quarantine approved premises and compliance agreement holders

For more information, including an interactive learning tool on the new legislation, visit The Biosecurity Act 2015