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Legislation exists to protect the ACT from biosecurity risks.
The objectives of the Animal Diseases Act 2005 and the Plant Diseases Act 2002 are to protect the health and welfare of people and animals and to protect markets relating to animals and plants and associated products.
These Acts provide mechanisms for the detection, prevention and control of outbreaks of endemic and exotic animal and plant diseases in the ACT, and allow the Territory to assist in the prevention and control of outbreaks of endemic and exotic animal and plant diseases in other jurisdictions within Australia.
The objectives of the Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005 are to protect the ACT's land and aquatic resources from threats from pest plants and pest animals (including fish and invertebrates).
You can read the legislation on the ACT legislation register at the below links.
New Australian Government biosecurity legislation
The Biosecurity Act 2015, which commenced on 16 June 2016, introduces new requirements that affect how the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources manages the biosecurity risks associated with goods, people, aircraft and vessels entering Australia.
Find out what is changing and how it may affect you.