Biosecurity legislative framework to protect NSW

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

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.


Initial consultation on the subordinate legislation closed on 12 February 2016. A review of the submissions has been completed and a summary of the feedback is available (PDF, 1332.4 KB).

We continue to seek stakeholder input into the process as further details are developed. We look forward to your further involvement in developing the regulatory framework that will protect NSW's economy, environment and community.

A consultation paper has been prepared to provide detail on how biosecurity risks may be managed in relation to Fertilisers. Submissions on these papers are being accepted until 20 May 2016.

A supplementary paper on Weeds has also been prepared to provide further detail on how these biosecurity risks are likely to be managed in the future.

Get involved in biosecurity in NSW

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.

Biosecurity Advisory Committee

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.


Further information

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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