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 31 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.