Biosecurity Act 2015

This page contains information on Biosecurity Legislation.

Page last updated: 16 June 2016

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 commenced operation 12 months after this date on 16 June 2016. The Act is jointly administered by the Departments of Health and Agriculture and Water Resources.

The new Act can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation website, and other supporting material can be found on the Australian Parliament House website:

For information about Listed Human Diseases under the Biosecurity Act 2015 please visit:

More information

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.