13 Sep 2012

Biosecurity bill passed into law

12:45 pm on 13 September 2012

The Biosecurity Reform Bill passed into law on Wednesday night.

It focuses on giving those in the primary sector more say on biosecurity measures by way of Government Industry Agreements.

GIAs will provide an opportunity for industry groups to identify the biosecurity risks of greatest concern to them, and jointly invest with the Government to better manage the risks by being better prepared to respond.

Primary Industries Minister David Carter said the Reform Bill is a significant overhaul of the Biosecurity Act and the first significant reform for at least 15 years.

He said memorandums of understanding have been signed for six sector groups - including meat, dairy, horticulture and pulp.