New Bill aims for tougher penalties for biosecurity breaches


Beef Central (Australia)

February 18, 2021


The Australian Government is cracking down further on those who flout our biosecurity laws, with legislation introduced today giving courts access to higher penalties that reflect the true seriousness of non-compliance.


Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the Biosecurity Amendment (Strengthening Penalties) Bill 2021 is about sending a clear message to individuals and companies who put at risk Australia’s $61 billion agriculture industry and over $1 trillion in environmental assets by contravening the Biosecurity Act 2015.


“The clear message is you could cop jail time and a bigger fine of up to $1.11 million when this legislation is passed by the Parliament,” Minister Littleproud said.


“We already cancel the visas of some travellers coming to Australia for breaches of biosecurity laws. 14 have got turned around and sent packing at their own cost.


“Our biosecurity system protects our agriculture, tourism and other industries, plant and animal health, the environment, and our market access—they are necessary to allow us to trade and for our nation to continue to thrive...