Draft Biosecurity Bill

​A final exposure draft of the Biosecurity Bill 2019 has been released for public comment until 22 February 2019.  

  Draft Biosecurity Bill 2019   (2Mb)

Background to the new legislation

Up to 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into a single modern statute will ensure they remain “fit-for-purpose” and do not become increasingly duplicative and outdated.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 disease, weeds and vermin, imports of plant and animal products, biosecurity emergencies, and monetary reimbursement for biosecurity related loss.

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

Earlier consultation

Significant 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

It is expected that the finalised Bill will be tabled in Parliament in early 2019. A summary of public submissions received in respect of the final exposure draft of the Biosecurity Bill will likely be published on the Department’s website thereafter.

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.  

Comments on the final exposure draft of the Bill can be emailed by 22 February 2019 to biosecuritybill@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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