If you import or export goods to/from Australia or are associated with the movements of vessels or aircraft to Australia you should be aware of your responsibilities under Australian law.
Biosecurity Act 2015 (Biosecurity Act) commenced on
16 June 2016. It is co-administered by the Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Water Resources, and Health.
A strong biosecurity system helps protect our way of life from the threat of exotic pests and diseases to our health, industries, the economy and environment.
The risks posed by exotic pests and diseases are increasing due to growing international passenger and trade volumes, population expansion, the emergence of new pests and diseases and regional development.
Biosecurity Act 2015 strengthens and modernises our biosecurity system, making sure it is up to the challenges of the future.
Read more about
how the Act is administered and its impact on specific industries and trade.
Primary legislation and regulations
All primary legislation and regulations of the
Biosecurity Act 2015 are found on the
Federal Register of Legislation.
Biosecurity Goods Determinations
There are five Goods Determinations that provide additional detail on imports under the
Biosecurity Act 2015.
Lists referenced in the Biosecurity Goods Determinations
These lists provide extra clarification on the Biosecurity Goods Determinations, and should be read together with those documents for a full understanding of legislative requirements.
Instruments related to ballast water