Consultation starts on new biosecurity regulations

September 24, 2015

The Australian Government has released the first draft regulation under the new Biosecurity Act 2015, giving interested stakeholders the chance to put their ideas forward on how biosecurity risk will be assessed when the new Act takes effect next year.

The first piece of delegated legislation – the Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis Regulation (BIRA regulation) – has been released for a three month consultation period.

The biosecurity import risk analysis process, the regulations and the opportunity for stakeholders to comment were key issues raised by stakeholders during consultation on the Biosecurity Act.

All interested people and organisations may provide comment on the exposure draft regulation.

The draft BIRA process under the new legislation was guided by the recommendations from the recently released examination of the import risk analysis (IRA) process report.

The submissions period for the BIRA regulation is open until 30 November 2015.

More information on the exposure draft and the consultation process