​​​​​​​​​​​​​With the commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act), Tasmania now has a modern framework legislation which supports the development of specialised regulations designed to manage biosecurity across Tasmania’s entire salmonid production industry. Those regulations are the DRAFT Biosecurity (Salmonid Biosecurity Zones) Regulations 2022 (the DRAFT Regulations).

The DRAFT Regulations establish Biosecurity Zones around Tasmania which identify and separate salmonid production activities into:
  • freshwater hatchery operations;
  • farming in the marine environment; and
  • processing of harvested fish.
The DRAFT Regulations establish a suite of Biosecurity Zone Measures specifically designed for each Biosecurity Zone. The Biosecurity Zone Measures collectively form the basis for the DRAFT Biosecurity Program: Tasmanian Salmonid Industry (the DRAFT Biosecurity Program).

The objective of the DRAFT Biosecurity Program is to improve the overall biosecurity of all salmon production in Tasmania by preventing, eliminating, or minimising (wherever practicable to do so) the risks posed by infectious diseases of salmonids and associated exotic aquatic pests. The Program sets Standards designed to reduce biosecurity risks between growing regions, year classes, operators, and individual farms.

The Department of Treasury and Finance has assessed the DRAFT Regulations and DRAFT Biosecurity Program and determined that a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) is required to support this phase of public consultation.

A copy of the RIS accompanies the DRAFT Regulations and DRAFT Biosecurity Program.

The purpose of the RIS is to:
  • set out the problem sought to be addressed and the objectives of any proposed action to address the problem;
  • consider alternative options (primarily the status quo) to achieve the objectives;
  • assess the benefits and costs of the options identified and identify which option results in the greatest net benefit;
  • evaluate the restriction on competition which would result under the proposed Regulations and present the case for why it is the absolute minimum that is necessary in the public interest; and
  • seek comment from individuals, organisations and industry bodies on the preferred option.
​​As part of the new Aquaculture standards approach, compatibility across proposed measures has also been considered during the preparation of the DRAFT Standardised Marine Farming Management Controls; and Introducing an Environmental Standard for Marine Finfish Farming – Position Paper.​

​​Next Steps
Submissions closed on 20 June 2022. ​​​Submissions will be published in accordance with the Tasmanian Government’s Public Submissions Policy​.  

A report will be prepared, containing:
  • a copy of each submission received;
  • a response from the Department in relation to any major issue raised in each submission;
  • the Department statement of its opinion as to the merit of each submission and the impact on the draft Regulations and/or draft Biosecurity Program as a whole; and
  • recommendations to the Minister in relation to the formulation of the Regulations and Biosecurity Program.
Submissions will be considered, and copies provided to the Subordinate Legislation Review Committee of the Tasmanian Parliament before the Regulations are made.​