More draft delegated legislation, developed to enable the smooth introduction of the Biosecurity Act 2015 on 16 June, is available for public comment.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Deputy Secretary, Lyn O’Connell, said the draft ‘goods determination’ and ‘reportable biosecurity incidents determination’ would be of keen interest to the import industry and other stakeholders.
“The draft goods determination outlines the items that cannot be imported into Australia under any circumstances, such as the live foot and mouth disease virus,” Ms O’Connell said.
“It also details those goods that are allowed to be imported if the biosecurity risk they pose is reduced to low but not necessarily zero.
“The draft reportable biosecurity incidents determination describes the types of events that may pose a biosecurity risk, the information that must be included in a report, and how a report must be made.
“The import industry has been reporting instances of potential biosecurity risk to the department for a number of years. The reportable biosecurity incidents determination formalises this arrangement.
“We’re focused on continuing to work collaboratively with the import industry to make sure we are able to manage biosecurity risks with the lightest touch possible from a regulatory perspective.
“We welcome your comments on these draft determinations. They are open for public consultation via the department’s website until 17 May 2016.
“Releasing this delegated legislation is another important step as we work with industry and other stakeholders to prepare for the Act to take effect,” Ms O’Connell said.
For more information on the new Biosecurity Act, draft delegated legislation and how to provide feedback, visit New Biosecurity Legislation.