New Qld biosecurity laws begin
FARMERS and other livestock owners will need to familiarise themselves with Queensland’s new biosecurity that came into effect on Friday, July 1.
The changes were two years in the making and they should mean less red tape with legislation now 130 pages shorter and 87 pre-existing fees reduced to 33.
The rollout of easily identifiable cattle tick-free and tick-infected zones is one of the key amendments.
There is also a new animal registration scheme, expanded certification and auditing arrangements and more flexible requirements to make moving livestock much easier.
Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson said the updated legislation offered a “modern risk-based approach” because the state faced increased biosecurity threats from “increased global travel, rising trade in animal and plant products and diversity of land use”.
She said the act improved capability to respond immediately when testing was underway.