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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).
- Pest Plants and Animals Act 2005
- Pest Plants and Animals (Pest Plants) Declaration 2015 (No 1)
- Pest Plants and Animals (Pest Animals) Declaration 2016 (No 1)
- Animal Diseases Act 2005
- Animal Diseases (Exotic Diseases) Declaration 2011 (No 1)
- Animal Diseases (Endemic Diseases) Declaration 2014 (No 1)
Australian Government biosecurity legislation
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment administers Australian Government biosecurity legislation in order to protect Australia's animal, plant and human health status and to maintain market access for Australian food and other agricultural exports.