How new regulation and policies affect you

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is now working under the Biosecurity Act 2015. This modern and flexible biosecurity legislation replaces the Quarantine Act 1908, but 108 years of quarantine operations cannot be changed overnight.

The Biosecurity Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions Act 2015 supports the smooth transition to the new laws. Some aspects of the biosecurity legislation that commenced on 16 June 2016 did so under transitional arrangements to enable the department and our industry clients to adjust incrementally to the new operating environment.

The Biosecurity Act explained for specific audiences:

Changes in the way we interact with you

The Biosecurity Act introduced a range of new legal concepts and terminology, so one of the more noticeable changes is the way we are communicating and interacting with you.

We are still at the border managing the biosecurity risks associated with travellers, international mail, cargo, vessels and aircraft. From the outside our regulatory work largely looks the same, but we are using new language and amended processes to undertake our important task of managing Australia’s biosecurity system.

Getting help

We are here to help you on the phone and online.

On the phone:

Call 1800 900 090 to speak to us about the Biosecurity Act 2015 and what it means for you.


Undertake the comprehensive interactive learning package about the Biosecurity Act