Consultation and engagement

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The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources continues to engage widely with stakeholders and clients for the delivery of stage 2 of the Biosecurity Legislation Implementation Programme. This next stage includes implementing the delayed, transitional and phased legislative provisions of the Biosecurity Act 2015.

Learn more about changes you can expect during stage 2 of implementation of the Biosecurity Act.

During stage 2, stakeholders and clients are being invited to provide comments on draft legislative instruments and administrative tools.

Engaging clients and stakeholders from drafting to implementation

The Biosecurity Act was developed through extensive consultation with staff across the department as well as with industry, state and territory governments, environment groups, health professionals, trading partners and the general public.

More than 400 organisations, representing a range of sectors were consulted on the design, development and implementation of the legislation and its supporting policies and procedures.

Active stakeholder engagement throughout 2015–16 provided multiple opportunities for clients and stakeholders; state and territory governments, other government agencies and international trading partners to become informed about the changes to the legislative framework, understand their obligations and any changes for their businesses and organisations.

Engagement on how we are implementing the delayed, transitional and phased legislative provisions of the new legislative framework continues through stage 2 of the Biosecurity Legislation Implementation Programme.

Closed consultation

Prior to commencement, comment was invited on the following pieces of delegated legislation:

  • First Point of Entry Biosecurity Standards
  • Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination 2016
  • Biosecurity (Reportable Biosecurity Incidents) Determination 2016
  • Biosecurity Cost Recovery and Charges Imposition Regulations 2016
  • Biosecurity Regulation 2016: Assessment and Management
  • Biosecurity Regulation 2016: Ballast Water
  • Biosecurity (Acceptable Ballast Water Exchange Area) Declaration 2016
  • Biosecurity Regulation 2016: Compensation
  • Biosecurity Regulation 2016: Permits
  • Biosecurity (Pre-arrival Notices and Reports) Regulation 2016
  • Biosecurity Regulation 2016: Use of Protected Information
  • Biosecurity (Exposed Conveyances – Exceptions from Biosecurity Control) Determination 2016
  • Biosecurity (General) Regulation 2015: Approved Arrangements
  • Biosecurity (General) Regulation 2015: Inspector-General of Biosecurity
  • Biosecurity (General) Regulation 2015: Infringement Notices
  • Biosecurity (General) Regulation 2015: First points of entry
  • Biosecurity (Biosecurity Import Risk Analyses) Regulation 2015

More than one hundred submissions were received. Non-confidential submissions are available below.

The final regulation package was approved by Federal Executive Council on 5 May 2016 and has been published on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Disclaimer: All submissions have been published below unless marked ‘in confidence’ or where authors have not authorised publication of their submission on the department’s webpage.

Submissions that contained offensive language, potentially defamatory material, or copyright infringement have also not been published on this webpage.

Published submissions may not meet Australian Government accessibility requirements as they have not been prepared by the department.

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Multiple pieces of legislation

Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination 2016

Biosecurity (Reportable Biosecurity Incidents) Determination 2016

Biosecurity (General) Regulation 2015: Approved Arrangements

Biosecurity Regulation 2016: Ballast Water and Biosecurity (Acceptable Ballast Water Exchange Area) Declaration 2016

Biosecurity (Biosecurity Import Risk Analyses) Regulation 2015 and Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis guidelines 2015

Biosecurity Cost Recovery and Charges Imposition Regulations 2016

Biosecurity Regulation 2016: Compensation

Biosecurity (General) Regulation 2015: First points of entry

Biosecurity TasmaniaPDF Icon PDF [108 KB]

NSW FarmersPDF Icon PDF [340 KB]

Ports AustraliaPDF Icon PDF [113 KB]

Biosecurity (General) Regulation 2015: Inspector-General of Biosecurity