Biosecurity legislation

Following extensive public consultation, the Biosecurity Act 2015 was passed by Parliament in September 2015 and will replace all or part of 14 Acts.

This marks an exciting time for biosecurity in NSW, allowing better management of biosecurity risks that impact on our economy, environment and the community.

The regulations, instruments, policies and procedures that underpin the Biosecurity Act 2015 have been developed in consultation with industry, community and government partners to ensure the development of a regulatory framework that will effectively respond to and manage biosecurity risks.

Biosecurity is the protection of our economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants.

Biosecurity protects our $14 billion primary industries and underpins the health and wellbeing of our community and environment. It keeps our waterways, state forests, parks and infrastructure free from serious pests and weeds, and it keeps our animals free of serious disease.

The broad objectives for biosecurity in NSW are to manage biosecurity risks from animal and plant pests and diseases, weeds and contaminants by:

  • preventing their entry into NSW
  • quickly finding, containing and eradicating any new entries
  • effectively minimising the impacts

of those pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants that cannot be eradicated through robust management arrangements.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 provides a flexible and responsive statutory framework to help achieve these objectives for the benefit of the NSW economy, environment and community.

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

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.

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