General Biosecurity Duty (GBD)

​​​​​​COMING IN EARLY 2021

What is the General Biosecurity Duty (GBD)?

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

The GBD will come into effect in early 2021.

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 against biosecurity risks.​

What does this mean from a legal perspective?

The GBD will operate as a statutory “duty of care” in respect to biosecurity. 

This means that the GBD will create a duty for everyone to use reasonable standards of care when dealing with any biological material that may pose a biosecurity risk to the State of Tasmania.

This does not mean that you have to know everything about biosecurity, however you do need to know about the biosecurity risks that apply to your specific industry, business, work environment or pastimes - and how to manage or minimise those risks to the best of your ability.

What are our responsibilities under the GBD?

Under the GBD, any person dealing with plants or animals (or their derived products) who knows, or ought reasonably to know, that a biosecurity risk is posed or is likely to be posed has a legal duty to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised.

Good biosecurity underpins our economy and supports our environment and way of life.​ Meeting your GBD obligations will help protect your business, our primary industries and the Tasmanian environment from biosecurity risks.

A significant breach of the GBD that is intentional or reckless will be an treated as an offence that may carry a significant penalty under the Act.

What can you do before the GBD comes into effect?​

As part of your GBD you should stay connected with Biosecurity Tasmania to ensure you are up-to-date with the latest developments in biosecurity.

Keep yourself up to date on the latest biosecurity news by subscribing to Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisories and by following Biosecurity Tasmania on social media.
Biosecurity Tasmania is developing a range of helpful resources to assist you in better understanding what the GBD is, and to help you identify your GBD responsibilities.  

The resources will be made available before the GBD officially comes into effect in early 2021​.

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