Biosecurity Bill 2019

​​Up until now, Tasmania’s biosecurity has been managed under seven separate Acts. While these Acts have served us well, they were developed incrementally over three decades, and in a piecemeal fashion. Consolidating Tasmania’s biosecurity laws into a single modern statute will ensure they remain “fit-for-purpose” and do not become increasingly duplicative and outdated.

The Biosecurity Bill provides a simpler and more effective legal framework for the management of pests, diseases and invasive species, imports of plant and animal products, biosecurity emergencies, and monetary reimbursement for biosecurity related loss.

​See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the development of the Biosecurity Bill.

Earlier consultation

Significant stakeholder consultation occurred on the underlying policy of the new 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.

There has been extensive consultation on earlier drafts of the Bill between 2016 and 2018. Amendments have been made based on feedback received, and a small number of technical improvements were made in 2018 to address issues identified during the Queensland fruit fly response.

The next steps

Once the Bill has passed both Houses of Parliament, work can begin on its implementation. The new Act cannot fully commence until transitional arrangements, and a suite of subordinate instruments and associated administrative systems are developed. This task will take time, and will involve further and ongoing public consultation, and collaboration with stakeholders.  

See the Parliament of Tasmania website​ for information on the Biosecurity Bill 2019 and its progress through Parliament.

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