The Tasmanian Government has released a draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 for public consultation for a six week period from 21 April until 2 June 2017.
Under this Bill the elements of Tasmania's biosecurity system will be brought together in a single piece of framework legislation. The Bill reflects the benefits to business, community and environment from a simpler and clearer framework that are outlined in the Future Direction statement which has its basis in the Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy 2013-17.
The draft Biosecurity Bill provides an effective and strong system to support the management of biosecurity in Tasmania. The legislation will support the key elements needed for a contemporary biosecurity system and will provide the necessary powers and functions needed to allow the system to function effectively.
Regulatory burden will be reduced by replacing seven acts with a single piece of law that allows for modern approaches to the management of all biosecurity threats, whether they have an industry, social or environmental basis.
Framework biosecurity legislation sets out the goals, principles and overarching functions that support biosecurity regulation in Tasmania but leaves specific measures on how exactly these are to be met to subordinate legislation or administrative practices. It allows for subordinate instruments and subordinate legislation to be created to provide specific measures which with to comply.
The process of creating regulations will occur once the legislation is in place and will involve wide public consultation to make sure the public and private benefits from biosecurity are balanced fairly and appropriately.
We are building on what has been successful to date in protecting our biosecurity status. Our new system will contain many of the components of the existing system but they have been modernised and improved in the Bill. But there are new elements such as the General Biosecurity Duty which creates and defines an obligation on all Tasmanians and businesses to use reasonable standards of care and behaviour when dealing with biosecurity risk. The Bill also allows for co-regulatory arrangements to be put in place where industry or the community are equipped to take on a greater responsibility for managing biosecurity risks.
Consultation to date
Significant consultation has occurred on the underlying concepts of the draft Bill, commencing with release of a position paper for discussion in March-April 2016. This was followed by a draft Future Direction for a New Contemporary Biosecurity Legislative Framework paper that was developed and released for comment in November 2016. The Future Direction paper was revised and finalised in early 2017.
Information about the draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 can be found at the Information Summary Page which contains Fact Sheets that provide overviews of its main features.
You may view the draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 here: Draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 (2Mb)
Feedback can be provided using the contacts and timeframe indicated below.
Public consultation on the draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 will occur from 21 April to 2 June 2017.
Comments on the draft Bill should be provided in writing to Biosecurity Tasmania either via email or post by 2 June 2017.
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Via post: Biosecurity Legislation Project
Biosecurity Tasmania, DPIPWE
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
All submissions will be made available for public viewing on DPIPWE's website unless a specific request is made in writing for confidentiality at time of submission (However, see below on the Right to Information Act 2009).
No personal information other than the name of individual submitters will be disclosed.
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