Developing a new Biosecurity Act for South Australia (SA)

The State Government is developing a modern and cohesive Biosecurity Act that unites existing biosecurity legislation into one.

Our aim is to create a simpler and more effective legal framework for the management of:

  • pests, diseases and weeds
  • trade in plant and animal products
  • biosecurity emergencies.

South Australia’s approach to Biosecurity is guided by South Australia’s Biosecurity Policy (PDF 4.5 MB). This policy outlines how, together, we can protect and improve the state’s economy, environment, amenity and public health by preventing and reducing pest and disease impact.

We intend to complement legislation from other jurisdictions – recognising biosecurity management crosses state borders.

There are 7 stages to the project outlined in the Biosecurity Legislation Project Fact Sheet (PDF 273.8 KB).

The new Biosecurity Act for SA is due for completion by the end of 2021.

Help shape SA's new biosecurity legislation

Everyone will have the opportunity to have a say on the future management and protection of our biosecurity system.

Consultation is taking place throughout the project, with key stages including:

  • mid to late 2019 – ask key stakeholders for their feedback on a draft New Biosecurity Framework for South Australia – Directions Paper. Completed
  • mid 2020 – release the final Directions Paper for public consultation. This feedback will be used when drafting the Biosecurity Bill in mid-2020.
  • late 2020 – ask key stakeholders for their feedback on the Bill, refine it and prepare it for introduction into Parliament.

Industry meetings and community forums will be held across the state where people can join in facilitated discussions about key aspects of the proposed new legislation.

During the public consultation on the Directions Paper you will also be able to give your feedback by:

  • completing an online survey
  • giving a written submission.


PIRSA Biosecurity Act Project
Postal address: GPO Box 1671, ADELAIDE SA 5001

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Page Last Reviewed: 18 Apr 2019
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