General Biosecurity Duty legislation commenced 31 March 2021

​​​The Biosecurity Act 2019​​ introduced in Tasmania a new legal obligation known as the General Biosecurity Duty – or GBD.

The Act emphasises the importance of shared responsibilities and the need for Government, industry and the community to work together to maintain a strong biosecurity system.

In simple terms, the GBD reinforces that everyone has a role to play in protecting our unique environment and primary industries against biosecurity risks.​

​​The GBD came into effect on 3​1 March 2021​.

Biosecurity Tasmania has developed resources to help you understand what the GBD is, and to help you identify your GBD responsibilities​:
  • Stakeholder profiles provide an overview of the actions that can be taken by a range of businesses, organisations and individuals to help meet their GBD obligations.
  • ​GBD hypothetical examples​ are practical demonstrations of how the GBD might apply in potential real life situations.
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