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Queensland’s New Biosecurity Laws

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The Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) came into effect on 1 July 2016. The Act consolidates Queensland’s former biosecurity legislation which consisted of many different Acts that had been developed over the last hundred years. The Act has ironed out many inconsistencies within previous legislation as well as creating a more flexible system able to cope with today’s biosecurity challenges.

The Act imposes a new general biosecurity obligation on any person that carries out an activity, requiring that person to implement appropriate due diligence, avoidance and management of any biosecurity matter that poses a biosecurity risk. Importantly this obligation is not only relevant to prescribed species in the schedules of the act, but covers all biosecurity matters including weeds that may impact on agriculture or the environment.

There are specific requirements in some circumstances for meeting the general biosecurity obligation because of the possibility and significance of the consequences for some risks. These are included in the new Biosecurity Regulation (see link below).

You can view the entire Biosecurity Act 2014 here: https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/B/BiosecurityA14.pdf

Under the Act, the Biosecurity Regulation sets out how the Act is implemented and applied: https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/SLS/2016/16SL075.pdf

Further information on the general biosecurity obligation can be viewed here: https://publications.qld.gov.au/storage/f/2014-10-20T00%3A23%3A59.350Z/biosecurity-act-ris-gbo-factsheet.pdf

The New Ground team has been in consultation with Biosecurity Queensland and has a detailed understanding of the Act. If you have any queries relating to how the Act may affect your project or compliance status of your existing activity, feel free to call Nelson Wills to discuss further nwills@newground.com.au or 07 5575 7308.

This blog is intended as a general overview at the time of writing and should not be construed as project or situation-specific advice.


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