The Biosecurity Act 2014 (PDF, 1.5MB) (the Act) commenced on 1 July 2016. It ensures a consistent, modern, risk-based and less prescriptive approach to biosecurity in Queensland.
The Act provides comprehensive biosecurity measures to safeguard our economy, agricultural and tourism industries, environment and way of life, from:
- pests (e.g. wild dogs and weeds)
- diseases (e.g. foot-and-mouth disease)
- contaminants (e.g. lead on grazing land).
The Act replaced the many separate pieces of legislation that were previously used to manage biosecurity. Decisions made under the Act will depend on the likelihood and consequences of the risk. This means risks can be managed more appropriately.
Under the Act, the Biosecurity Regulation 2016 (PDF, 1.5MB) sets out how the Act is implemented and applied.
More information and resources are available to help you understand how the new Act affects you.
Information specific to your responsibilities:
Information and resources about the Act
Learn about the changes to biosecurity laws and how these will affect you.
Industry agreements, accreditation and compliance agreements
Learn about how government, industries and individuals are responsible for mitigating biosecurity risks.
The Biosecurity Regulation 2016 were developed through public consultation, and underpin the Act.
Biosecurity matter, reporting requirements and restricted place
Learn about prohibited and restricted matter and their reporting requirements.
Responding to a biosecurity emergency
A number of instruments have been developed to provide responses to biosecurity based on the level of the risk involved.
New registration process for owners of livestock, birds or bees
Legal requirements for animal owners and keepers to register with Biosecurity Queensland.
Surveillance or prevention and control programs
Biosecurity programs are proactive in identifying and responding to a pest, disease or other biosecurity matter.
Local government – weed and pest management
Learn more about local governments role in managing invasive plants and animals in its areas.
New cattle tick management framework in Queensland
Read about the proposed new risk-based cattle tick management framework.
Changes for beekeepers in Queensland
Find out about changes for beekeepers under the Biosecurity Act 2014.
Biosecurity Certificates and the Queensland biosecurity manual
Find out about Biosecurity Certificates and how they relate to movement restrictions within and into Queensland.
Specific requirements for growers of horticulture products, including fruit, vegetables and lifestyle horticulture.
Learn about your responsibilities if you own land or are a caretaker occupying nominated land.
Horse registration and movement records
Find out more about the registration process and horse movement record requirements.