BIOSECURITY BILL PASSES THROUGH PARLIAMENT
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the passing of the Biosecurity Bill 2015 through the NSW Parliament.
Mr Anderson said the Bill will help to secure the future of the region’s primary industries sector by improving the prevention, management and eradication of pests, weeds and diseases in NSW.
“NSW has world-class biosecurity and food safety systems that provide our agricultural sector with a competitive advantage, and a lot of trade is linked to our biosecurity status,” Mr Anderson said.
“The Biosecurity Bill 2015 will allow NSW to respond quickly and effectively to risks across our region – from controlling an outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza to preventing the spread of the Hendra virus.
“The Bill is a single piece of legislation that is relevant to modern agricultural systems and is easy to understand. It will ensure that NSW maintains its reputation for high quality, safe and disease free produce” Mr Anderson said.
The Bill will repeal, wholly or partially, 14 existing Acts that relate to biosecurity.
This is the important first step in the NSW Government’s biosecurity reform program, and it will continue to work with industry and other stakeholders to develop the regulations to support the Bill once passed.
The Biosecurity Bill 2015 includes:
- A general Biosecurity Duty that requires people who deal with biosecurity risks to take reasonable steps to manage them.
- Emergency powers that allow Authorised Officers to take action to respond to biosecurity threats immediately, regardless of whether it is scientifically classified or listed in a regulation.
As part of the reform, the NSW Government will establish an independently chaired Biosecurity Advisory Committee to assist with the development and implementation of this Bill and subordinate regulatory instruments.