Biosecurity laws under review in SA

Biosecurity laws under review in SA

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THE state's biosecurity laws are set for a revamp with moves made to introduce a new Biosecurity Act.

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KEEN EYE: The laws to protect SA's agricultural sectors and environment from biosecurity threats are coming under review. Photo: KARLEEN MINNEY

KEEN EYE: The laws to protect SA's agricultural sectors and environment from biosecurity threats are coming under review. Photo: KARLEEN MINNEY

THE state's biosecurity laws are set for a revamp with moves made to introduce a new Biosecurity Act.

The government has been consulting with industry stakeholders with the goal to develop a modern approach.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said the extensive process of drafting a refreshed Biosecurity Act would consolidate a range of existing biosecurity legislation into one.

"The constantly evolving biosecurity landscape and dated legislation in SA has prompted this government to review a number of Acts to strengthen our defences against pests and diseases," he said.

"The Marshall Liberal government has taken the first step in this important review process by starting industry engagement."

Mr Whetstone said consultation would ensure the new Act reflected the community's needs and shared responsibility to protect the agricultural industry and environment from pest and disease.

"We envisage the new Biosecurity Act will provide a simpler and more effective legal framework for the management of pests and diseases, trade in plant and animal products and biosecurity emergencies," he said.

"Having a strong biosecurity framework is critical to our state's economic development, protecting our reputation for exceptional food and wine, and for maintaining and increasing access to international and domestic markets."

SA's biosecurity legislation is currently administered through a number of different Acts, which have been developed independently of each other over the last century.

"We are looking to cut red tape by harmonising our legislation with other jurisdictions; improve governance arrangements and provide greater flexibility in responding to new pest and disease threats, amongst other improvements," Mr Whetstone said.

"A new Act will also create a more predictable regulatory and business environment, allowing rapid, flexible responses to environmental incidents or economic concerns."

  • Details: Visit pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurityact
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