The State Government has taken the first step in its plan to develop a modern 21st century Biosecurity Act for South Australia with consultation underway with key industry stakeholders.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the extensive process of drafting a refreshed Biosecurity Act will consolidate a range of existing biosecurity legislation into one.
“The constantly evolving biosecurity landscape and dated legislation in South Australia has prompted this Government to review a number of Acts to strengthen our defences against pests and diseases,” said Minister Whetstone.
“The Marshall Liberal Government has taken the first step in this important review process by starting industry engagement.
“The Government will engage and seek the input of a range of stakeholders to ensure the new Act reflects the community’s needs and our shared responsibility to protect agricultural industries and natural environment from pests and diseases.
“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.
“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.”
South Australia’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,” said Minister Whetstone.
“A new Act will also create a more predictable regulatory and business environment, allowing rapid, flexible responses to environmental incidents or economic concerns.”
To keep informed about the progress of the legislative review, visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurityact