On 28 March 2018, the Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 (Cth) (the “Bill”) was introduced into the Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives by the Hon David Littleproud MP.
The Bill is currently before the House of Representatives where it is awaiting further comment and discussion. It is proposed to make substantive amendments to the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth) as well as repealing the Quarantine (Validation of Fees) Act 1985 (Cth).
In the Minister’s second reading speech of 28 March 2018, he commented:
The object of the Bill is to make amendments to the Biosecurity Act 2015 (the “Act”) in order to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system.
It proposes new information gathering provisions under Chapter 6 of the Act, which deals with monitoring, controlling and responding to biosecurity risks within Australia. The Bill also proposes to enable instruments made under ss 174(1) of the Act, including the Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination 2016 (Cth), to incorporate publicly available documents as amended from time to time.
Other proposed amendments include:
It is envisaged that these changes will improve the operation of the legislation to ensure Australia’s biosecurity system is continuing to keep pace with the changing biosecurity environment.
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