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.


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

Visit the consultation page for more information.

Have your say

There are many ways to have your say. View the;

Let us know what you think by filling in our online survey or sending your submission via post or email:

Biosecurity Regulation Submissions
Locked Bag 21
Orange NSW 2800


Submissions close at 5pm on Sunday 29 January 2017.

A series of community drop-in sessions will be held across NSW during November with the opportunity to talk with DPI biosecurity specialists and give your feedback.

Community drop-in sessions

Broken Hill, 1pm -3pm
Musicians Club, 276 Crystal St, Broken Hill
Armidale, 3pm - 5pm
Armidale Council Chambers, 135 Rusden St, Armidale
Monday 14 November
Monday 14 November
Coffs Harbour,  2pm - 4pm
Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre, 22 Earl St, Coffs Harbour
Tamworth, 3pm - 5pm
Tamworth Community Centre,Cnr Peel & Darling St, Tamworth
Wednesday 16 November

Wednesday 16 November
Goulburn, 3pm - 5pm
McDermott Centre, 163 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Lismore,  4pm - 6pm
Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore
Thursday 17 November

Thursday 17 November
Orange, 3pm - 5pm
Orange Regional Art Gallery, Byng Street, Orange
Bega, 4pm - 6pm
Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega
Monday 21 November

Monday 21 November
Penrith, 5pm - 7pm
Penrith Library Theatrette, 601 High St, Penrith
Thursday 24 November
Dubbo, 1pm - 3pm
Western Plains Cultural Centre, 76 Wingewarra St, Dubbo
Griffith, 1pm - 3pm
Griffith City Library, 233 Banna Avenue, Griffith
Monday 28 November

Monday 28 November
Albury, 4pm - 6pm
Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift St, Albury
Singleton, Midday - 2pm
Singleton Public Library, 10 Queen St, Singleton
Wednesday 30 November

Wednesday 30 November

There are many ways to have your say. View the proposed Regulation, Regulatory Impact Statement, the Biosecurity Manual, facts sheets and other information from 14 November 2016

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.

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.