What to expect from 16 June

Call 1800 040 629 or email New Biosecurity Legislation to find out more about the Biosecurity Act 2015 and what it means for you.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resour​ces is now working under the Biosecurity Act 2015. This modern and flexible biosecurity legislation replaces the Quarantine Act 1908, but 108 years of quarantine operations cannot be erased overnight.

The Biosecurity Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions Act 2015 supports the smooth transition to the new laws. Some aspects of the biosecurity legislation that commence on 16 June 2016 will do so under transitional arrangements to enable the department and our industry clients to adjust incrementally to the new operating environment.

The Biosecurity Act explained for specific audiences:

Preparing our information platforms and systems

We have undertaken an extensive body of work to prepare for commencement which included:

  • training and preparing our staff
  • updating website content and client service systems
  • identifying and adjusting products including forms and communication materials
  • developing guidance and documentation.

While every effort has been made to update our information platforms to reflect the new legal framework, there may still be references to the Quarantine Act 1908 that require more time to update as part of broader systems reform – like the Vessels Management System that will remain untouched until the Maritime Arrivals and Reporting System is launched later in 2016.

Where you see outdated references to the Quarantine Act on our forms, systems or website, you can report it to the department online or by phoning 1800 040 629.

Changes in the way we interact with you

One of the more noticeable changes that clients can expect from us after commencement is the way we communicate and interact with you. The Biosecurity Act introduces a range of new legal concepts and terminology. We are still at the border managing the biosecurity risks associated with travellers, international mail, cargo, vessels and aircraft. From the outside our regulatory work largely looks the same, but we are using new language and amended processes to undertake our important task of managing Australia’s biosecurity system.

Getting help

The department is here to help you on the phone and online.

On the phone:

Call 1800 040 629 to speak to us about the Biosecurity Act 2015 and what it means for you.


Undertake the comprehensive interactive learning package about the Biosecurity Act

Contact us for more information

Call 1800 040 629 or email New Biosecurity Legislation to find out more about the Biosecurity Act 2015 and what it means for you.