The Department of Health is working in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to develop and implement new legislation to replace the Quarantine Act 1908.
The new Biosecurity Act 2015 (the Act) is designed to provide a modern, flexible and adaptive approach to managing the risk of serious communicable diseases entering Australia, or emerging, establishing or spreading in Australia.
On 14 May 2015, the Act was passed into law by Parliament. The Act received Royal Assent on 16 June 2015 and will commence operation 12 months after this date on 16 June 2016.
Public consultation is now open for draft subordinate legislation on the following websites:
For information on provisions that relate to the management of biosecurity risks relating to animal and plant pests and diseases, visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity Legislation website.