Biosecurity legislation

The Biosecurity Act 2015 was passed by Parliament in September 2015 and once commenced, will replace 10 whole existing Acts and parts of four other Acts.

The new Biosecurity Act 2015 provides an exciting opportunity to better manage biosecurity risks that impact on our economy, environment and community.

The proposed Biosecurity Regulation 2016, like the Biosecurity Act, covers the biosecurity spectrum,  reducing the need for multiple regulations.

Before the Act commences, we need to develop the regulations, policies and procedures that will provide greater clarity about how we manage risks and what actions we need to take as government, industry and the community.

Preliminary consultation on the proposed management approach for a number of animal and plant pests and diseases, weeds and contaminants began in late 2015 with 37 discussion papers released for consultation.

Consultation on the proposed Biosecurity Regulation 2016 and Regulatory Impact Statement ran from November 2016 to 29 January 2017. Consultation has now closed and submissions are currently being reviewed.

View the related documents:

You can continue to take part in consultation via the online conversation or learn more from presentations at local and regional locations.

Training is key to the implementation of the new Biosecurity Act 2015; particularly for Authorised officers who are responsible for compliance and administering various sections of the Act.

A comprehensive training program has been developed to provide Authorised officers with the necessary skills and knowledge they need to perform their functions under the Biosecurity Act 2015. It is compulsory for all Authorised officers under the Act to successfully complete the online course. There will be further training and advisory material available for the general community at a later date.

The online learning component of the Biosecurity Act 2015 training for Authorised officers comprising of 10 modules is now available.

The training is also available for any interested government staff that will be involved in administration of the Act.

You can access the training via the NSW DPI EMtrain platform.

Self-enrollment instructions are below:

To login and access the Biosecurity Legislation Training modules on EMtrain:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Create new account
  3. Complete all fields
  4. Once you are logged into EMtrain, click on View Catalogue, select Additional Skills, then select Biosecurity Legislation to commence the e-learning modules

Biosecurity Legislation - Face-to-face sign up

  1. Go to the website
  2. Click on View Catalogue, select Additional Skills, then select Biosecurity Legislation.
  3. Select Face-to-Face Training
  4. Select Biosecurity Legislation - General
  5. Select Sign-up, then select Sign-up again

We have asked local farmers, industry and government representatives to give us their thoughts on biosecurity, what it means and how it impacts them in their daily life.

Listen to what others have to say and provide general comment on the shared responsibility of biosecurity in NSW.

An independent Biosecurity Advisory Committee with representation from the Game and Pest Advisory Committee, NSW Farmers, Nature Conservation Council NSW, Office of Environment and Heritage, Local Land Services and the Department of Industry has been established to oversee the process of developing the supporting regulations of the Act.

The Committee meets monthly and provides advice to the Minister for Primary Industries and the Department of Industry on:

  • Engagement and consultation with stakeholders;
  • Appropriateness of proposed management tools;
  • Promoting the new legislation,
  • Development of education and advisory material to facilitate a greater understanding of obligations to support compliance;
  • Delivery of the State of Biosecurity Report to Parliament each parliamentary term


If you have any questions or would like further information about the Biosecurity Act 2015 please email or subscribe to the Biosecurity Act 2015 Newsletter.

An interpreter service is available to speak to you in your own language. Please call 13 14 50 (within Australia only) and ask for your language. Then ask to speak with "Kate" on telephone 9338 6778.

Key milestones

Biosecurity Legislation 2015 passed



Biosecurity Advisory Committee established tick2015
Consultation on draft regulations begins


Dec 2015

Discussion papers released


Dec 2015

Development of draft regulations, biosecurity manual, policies and procedures



Public consultation on proposed Regulation and Regulatory Impact Statement


Nov 2016 - Jan 2017

Finalise Regulation, Biosecurity Order Permitted Activities and policies and procedures Early 2017
Commence training for Authorised Officers Early 2017
Commencement of Act
Mid 2017