General Biosecurity Duty (GBD)


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 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 and primary industries against biosecurity risks.​

​​The GBD came into effect on 3​1 March 2021​

GBD information resources​

Biosecurity Tasmania has developed resources to help you understand what the GBD is, and to help you identify your GBD responsibilities​:
  • Stakeholder profiles provide an overview of the actions that can be taken by a range of businesses, organisations and individuals to help meet their GBD obligations.
  • GBD hypothetical examples are practical demonstrations of how the GBD might apply in potential real life situations.

Wha​t does this mean from a legal perspective?

The GBD will operate as a statutory “duty of care” in respect to biosecurity. This means that a person (which includes all levels of Government, individuals, and private corporate entities) ​has to take all reasonable and practical measures to prevent, eliminate, or minimise biosecurity risks.

The GBD applies if that person knows, or it is reasonable to expect a person to know, that a risk may be presented by any biosecurity matter, carrier or dealing they are involved with. The definition of a biosecurity dealing extends beyond the simple exchange or transport of goods.

Read more about deal​in​gs, ca​rrier​ and biosecur​​ity matter.

The introduction of the GBD does not mean that you now 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 reasonably ought to know, that a biosecurity risk is posed, or is likely to be posed, has a legal duty to ensure that the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.​

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 ​treated as an aggravated offence that may carry a significant penalty under the Act.

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