Biosecurity Bill

The formal consultation process on the draft legislation closed on 24 October 2012. All the submissions made as part of the initial phase of the consultation were considered and where appropriate amendments were made to the draft legislation.

The Biosecurity Bill 2012 and the Inspector-General of Biosecurity Bill were introduced into Parliament on 28 November 2012.

This page contains information on Biosecurity Legislation.

Page last updated: 20 February 2013

The Department of Health and Ageing is working in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) to develop and implement proposed new legislation to replace the Quarantine Act 1908.

The new legislation is being 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.

More information

For information on provisions that relate to the management of biosecurity risks relating to animal and plant pests and diseases, visit the DAFF Biosecurity Legislation website.