Biosecurity Legislation


Have your say on new biosecurity legislation

Over the last 200 years, many pests, diseases and other biosecurity threats – such as rabbits, European wasps and exotic weeds – have found their way to our shores.  The ACT Government is improving how biosecurity is managed so the Territory can better respond to threats from invasive pests and diseases that threaten our environment and agriculture industry.

The Government is proposing new legislation to help us to better identify and stop any new pest or disease incursions and to better manage current biosecurity matters such as invasive weeds and European wasps.

The community is invited to comment on a proposed framework for the new biosecurity legislation, which will form the basis of a new Biosecurity Bill to be introduced to the Legislative Assembly in 2019.Comment on the ACT Government’s YourSay website until 10 August 2018.

Biosecurity legislation

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.

Plant diseases legislation

Pest plants and animals legislation

Animals diseases legislation

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.