Quick guide to the Biosecurity Act

​​​​The Biosecurity Act 2015 introduces new terminology and some new requirements that clients and stakeholders need to know about. The changes to the structure and terms in the Biosecurity Act are designed to make the legislation easier to interpret and use.

Key changes in the Biosecurity Act

Whether you are directly affected by the legislation or not, it is worth understanding some of the key changes to our biosecurity operations.

Changes in terminology

One of the more noticeable changes is the way we communicate and interact with you. The Biosecurity Act introduces a range of new terminology. A snapshot of some of the terms you might hear us say and those that we will no longer use include:

  • We will no longer talk about Quarantine officers, but you will hear us talk about biosecurity officers and biosecurity enforcement officers.
  • We will no longer talk about imported cargo, plant and animal material, but you will hear us talk about goods.
  • We will still talk to you about aircraft, vessels and ships, but you might also come across conveyances, which is a new term defined by the Act that includes these modes of transport.
  • You will start to hear us talk more about biosecurity risk and even less about quarantine.
  • We’ll no longer talk about Quarantine Approved Premises or Compliance Agreements, but will instead refer to approved arrangements.
  • You’ll start to hear us talk about the ‘person in charge’.
  • We’ll talk about abandonment and forfeiture, but you won’t hear us talk about seizing your goods or conveyance.
  • We'll talk about a Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis or a BIRA and not about an IRA.

For more detail on new terminology and the definitions of these terms read Chapter 1 Part 2 of the Biosecurity Act 2015.

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.