The Biosecurity Act 2015

​​​A Modern Biosecurity System

Australia is now operating under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

The Biosecurity Act replaced the Quarantine Act 1908 in 2016 and is​ designed to be flexible and responsive to changes in technology and future challenges. The Act:

  • aims to promote a shared responsibility between government and industry​
  • provides a modern regulatory framework
  • reduces duplication and regulatory impacts​​
  • allows for current and future trading environments.

A full list of the primary legislation, associated acts and supporting delegated legislation is available on the Biosecurity legislation page.

The Biosecurity Act established requirements and regulatory powers that affect how the department manages the biosecurity risks associated with goods, people and conveyances entering Australia.

View the Introduction to the Biosec​urity Act Interactive Learning tool to gain an overview of the Biosecurity Act, including key roles and powers, new terminology, where the Act applies and who will be affected. Or, read through the understand the Biosecurity Act page to gain a better understanding of the key themes of change.

Stage 2 of Implementation

Stage 2 of the program includes implementing the delayed, transitional and phased legislative provisions for:

  • domestic ballast water management
  • expanding the use of infringement notices​ to other biosecurity import pathways
  • phasing in the use of our onshore and emergency powers
  • transitioning first points of entry operators to first point of entry determinations
  • transitioning previous compliance agreement holders  to approved arrangements.