Draft Biosecurity Bill

​Public submission period closed on 2 June 2017

The Tasmanian Government released a draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 for public consultation for a six week period from 21 April until 2 June 2017. Feedback and discussion on the Bill has occurred since then with stakeholders who indicated a continuing interest.

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 to allow the system to operate 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 impact primary industry, the environment or society more broadly.

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.

The process of creating regulations will occur once the legislation is in place.It will involve further 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. The proposed 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 proposed 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.

Earlier consultation

Significant consultation 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.

Public consultation on the draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 formally occurred from 21 April to 2 June 2017.

Feedback and discussion on the Bill has occurred since then with stakeholders who indicated a continuing interest. 

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.​

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