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Legislation

​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources administers the Biosecurity Act 2015, Export Control Act 1982, Imported Food Control Act 1992 and various other Acts in order to protect Australia's animal, plant and human health status and to maintain market access for Australian food and other agricultural exports.

If you import or export goods to/from Australia or are associated with the movements of vessels or aircraft to Australia you should be aware of your responsibilities under Australian law.

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Biosecurity legislation

The Biosecurity Act 2015 (Biosecurity Act) commenced on 16 June 2016. It is co-administered by the Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Water Resources, and Health.

A strong biosecurity system helps protect our way of life from the threat of exotic pests and diseases to our health, industries, the economy and environment.

The risks posed by exotic pests and diseases are increasing due to growing international passenger and trade volumes, population expansion, the emergence of new pests and diseases and regional development.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 strengthens and modernises our biosecurity system, making sure it is up to the challenges of the future.

Read more about how the Act is administered and its impact on specific industries and trade.

Primary legislation and regulations

All primary legislation and regulations of the Biosecurity Act 2015 are found on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Biosecurity Goods Determinations

There are five Goods Determinations that provide additional detail on imports under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

Lists referenced in the Biosecurity Goods Determinations

These lists provide extra clarification on the Biosecurity Goods Determinations, and should be read together with those documents for a full understanding of legislative requirements.

Instruments related to ballast water

Other lists related to import conditions

Export legislation

Export Control Act 1982

Imported food legislation

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