Biosecurity Act 2014

The Biosecurity Act 2014 (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 sets out how the Act is implemented and applied.

Information specific to your responsibilities: