New Biosecurity Requirements in Queensland

July 04, 2016

The obligations of Queensland’s Biosecurity Act 2014 commenced on 1st July 2016. This new Act and Biosecurity Regulation 2016 provides a modern, risk-based approach to biosecurity in Queensland.

Overview video here:

https://youtu.be/OeTNZlXWtrc

So what has changed?

The main change under this legislation is the introduction of a general biosecurity obligation. This means all Queenslanders must play their part in managing weeds, pest animals and diseases on their property and prevent them from spreading.

So whether it’s in your own business, backyard or on the farm, you are responsible for managing biosecurity risks. Before you move plants, soil, cattle and equipment, you need to check the maps for the new biosecurity zones. Specific movement restrictions apply to individual biosecurity zones to ensure you don’t spread plant and animal pests and diseases such as banana diseases, cattle ticks and fire ants.

Biosecurity Zones

A biosecurity zone has movement restrictions placed on it to limit the spread of pests and diseases within the state. There are several zones for different pests and diseases across Queensland. You need to know the boundaries of these zones to know whether you are affected by the zone restrictions.

The maps of the zones are available here:

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/agriculture/land-management/restrictions-moving/maps-biosecurity-zones

Risk Based Approach

The Act uses a risk based approach to biosecurity threats which allows more responsive approaches to manage each specific circumstance. A biosecurity risk exists when you deal with any pest, disease, weed or contaminant. This includes moving an animal, plant, turf, soil, machinery and/or equipment that could carry a pest, disease, weed or contaminant.

The Act will also accommodate industry initiatives, such as allowing for compliance agreements to be used to demonstrate best practice risk management for the industry’s unique circumstances.