Biosecurity Act 2015

The Biosecurity Act will co​mmence on 16 June 2016, 12 months after royal assent, replacing the Quarantine Act 1908 (Quarantine Act). Just as with the Quarantine Act, the Biosecurity Act will be co-administered by the Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Water Resources and Health.

Until commencement of the Biosecurity Act, the Quarantine Act 1908 remains the primary piece of biosecurity legislation in Australia.

Further information will be released as the Parliamentary process advances. Visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website at

We will represent members interest to ensure the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources impose a minimum regulatory impact whilst still achieving the best biosecurity outcomes.

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