Biosecurity legislation

The Biosecurity Act 2015 commenced on 16 June 2016, 12 months after royal assent, replacing the Quarantine Act 1908 (Quarantine Act). Just as with the Quarantine Act, the Biosecurity Act is co-administered by the Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Water Resources and Health.

Primary legislation and regulations

Delegated legislation, declarations and determinations

Delegated legislation includes declarations and determinations that support operation of the Biosecurity Act. Some delegated legislation is available on the department’s website, while other instruments are published on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Referenced lists and standards

These lists and standards were last updated on 30 June 2017.

Specific lists for Approved Coir Peat Testing Laboratories, and Species of Bark with Alternative Import Conditions, will not exist after 30 June 2017. Please refer to the Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination 2016 for import conditions relating to coir peat and bark after this time.

Biosecurity Import Risk Analyses (BIRA) Regulation and Guidelines

The Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis Guidelines 2016 are available on the department’s website.

Why the Australian Government’s import conditions have changed

Read more about how Australian Government import conditions are changing.