Biosecurity legislation

The Biosecurity Act 2015 came into effect on 1 July 2017 and replaces 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.

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.

These policies and procedures have been developed by DPI to underpin the Biosecurity Act 2015 and are effective from 1 July 2017.

View a suite of factsheets developed to support the Biosecurity Act 2015.

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

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 was established to oversee the process of developing the supporting regulations of the Act.

The Committee met regularly throughout the process providing 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.