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Biosecurity Act 2015

Description: A short description of the legislation.

The Biosecurity Act explains how biosecurity threats to plant, animal and human health in Australia and its external territories are managed.

Application to Australian agriculture: Where the legislation is applicable.

The Act helps protect Australia from pests and diseases which would negatively effect Australian agriculture.

Compliance information: Often the evidence of compliance against a piece of legislation is that there is not a breach of the Act. Where appropriate, the developers of this database have listed evidence which could be used to show compliance if a breach was to be found. Many Best Management Practice (BMP) schemes and other certifications in Australian agriculture include this evidence for accreditation.

The following documentation/information is required to provide evidence of compliance.

Biosecurity enforcement officers may enter premises under a warrant or with consent of the occupier and exercise monitoring powers there under Part 2 of the Regulatory Powers Act, for the purposes of determining: (a) whether this Act has been, or is being, complied with; or (b) whether information given in compliance or purported compliance with this Act is correct. A biosecurity enforcement officer may be assisted by other persons in exercising powers under that Part. That Part contains the rules for obtaining a monitoring warrant, and the powers and obligations of biosecurity enforcement officers in entering premises under a monitoring warrant or with consent.

Additional information: The entity this legislation originates from.

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