Tasmania’s reputation as a premium producer of agricultural and seafood products, and as a leading tourism destination is reliant on a rigorous and effective biosecurity system.
The landmark Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act) represented one of the most significant reforms of Tasmania’s primary industry and environmental laws in decades and will replace seven separate and out-dated Acts into a single, modern, ‘fit-for-purpose’ piece of legislation.
The Biosecurity Regulations 2022 (the Regulations), which came into effect on 2 November 2022, complete the implementation of the Act and are the last step in ensuring Tasmania has modern biosecurity laws capable of progressing the Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy, whilst minimising red tape for business and the general community.
The Regulations provide the regulatory framework for the Act, by translating the technical requirements under other existing pieces of legislation and aligning them with the relevant sections of the Act.
Although the Regulations will allow for the full implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2019, the passing of the new Regulations will not automatically trigger a repeal of other current biosecurity legislation (which includes the Animal (Brands & Movement) Act 1984, Seeds Act 1985, Animal Farming (Registration) Act 1994, Animal Health Act 1995, Plant Quarantine Act 1997, Weed Management Act 1999, Vermin Control Act 2000 – and associated Regulations).
The Regulations provide more flexibility to deliver tailor-made solutions for managing specific issues and challenges, enabling faster and more effective management of biosecurity risks now and into the future.
The Biosecurity Regulations 2022 were gazetted on Wednesday 2nd November 2022.