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Biosecurity Bill 2017: public comment invited on draft legislation (April 2017)

Draft legislation which will provide a sound and flexible framework for the future management of Tasmania’s biosecurity has been released for public comment.

The Biosecurity Bill 2017 seeks to replace seven existing Acts with one piece of framework legislation focussed on all biosecurity matter and the carriers which move it around. The Bill promotes a precautionary approach with the order of priority being to prevent, eliminate and reduce biosecurity risks. 

Enshrining the principle that biosecurity is a shared responsibility, the Bill includes creation of a General Biosecurity Duty to apply to the broader community and businesses and which defines reasonable standards of care and behaviour when dealing with biosecurity risk.

Industries wanting a greater role in formal biosecurity control will be offered partnerships and pathways to do so through accreditation, certification and auditing regimes; and through approved biosecurity programs.

Authorised officers will have new tools to engage with people and businesses creating biosecurity risks, including accepting legally enforceable undertakings that specific action will be taken to prevent, eliminate or minimise a particular biosecurity risk.

Consultation has already occurred on both a position paper and a Future Directions statement leading up to the release of the draft Bill. The consultation draft of the Biosecurity Bill 2017 will be open for formal feedback until 2 June 2017. It is anticipated that a finalised legislative package will be ready for introduction during this Parliamentary year.

A copy of the consultation draft of the Biosecurity Bill 2017, together with plain language fact sheets can be downloaded from the Biosecurity Tasmania website

Comments on the draft Bill should be provided in writing to Biosecurity Tasmania either via email or post by 2 June 2017.

Via email:  biosecurityreview@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Via post: Biosecurity Legislation Project , Biosecurity Tasmania, DPIPWE , GPO Box 44 , HOBART TAS 7001

For further information, please contact the Project Manager​​, Biosecurity Legislation Project by phone (03)  6165 3084, or by email to - biosecurityreview@dpipwe.tas.gov.au