New biosecurity regulations out for comment
The Australian Government has today released for public comment a third tranche of delegated legislation under the new Biosecurity Act.
The package includes exposure drafts of the Biosecurity (General), Regulation 2016 cost recovery provisions, Biosecurity Charges Imposition (General), Regulation 2016 and the Biosecurity Charges Imposition (Customs) Regulation 2016.
Deputy Secretary for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Lyn O’Connell, said the regulations provided clients and stakeholders with detailed information on how cost recovery will work in practice under the new Biosecurity Act. There will be no adjustments to fees as part of the new legislation.
“The consultation period for these regulations is now open for submissions, and will close on 24 March 2016,” Ms O’Connell said.
“I encourage all interested people and organisations to have their say on how they envisage the regulations will work for them.
“The department has also scheduled briefing seminars for industry on the new Biosecurity Act draft regulations.
“I encourage all interested parties to get a better understanding of what is changing from 16 June, when the new legislation comes into effect, either through attending these briefings or looking on our website.”
The industry briefings are taking place in the following locations on these dates:
- Perth Tuesday 15 March 2016
- Sydney Monday 21 March 2016
- Adelaide Tuesday 22 March 2016
- Brisbane Wednesday 23 March 2016
- Cairns Wednesday 30 March 2016
- Darwin Thursday 31 March 2016
- Hobart Tuesday 5 April 2016
- Melbourne Wednesday 6 April 2016
For more information on these sessions, please visit: Biosecurity Sessions.
For more information on the new Biosecurity Act, draft regulations and how to provide feedback, visit New Biosecurity Legislation.