Submission Biosecurity

Building a new Biosecurity Act for South Australia

December 4, 2020

The State Government is proposing to develop a new, consolidated Biosecurity Act for South Australia. There is no mention of funding requirements for the conditions mentioned in the new Biosecurity Act. If there is any suggestion of a new Biosecurity Act levy, this will need to be discussed within industry. There needs to be increased enforcement to increase compliance. The new act should ensure there is consistency with other livestock biosecurity legislation nationally and in other states. There are also recent changes regarding farm trespass, along with parts of the Animal Welfare Act 1985 and the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019, which need to be considered in the new Act. Livestock SA also suggests Livestock Act 1997 should not be repealed until after the new Act is fully developed. The new act should encompass all the features of the current Livestock Act.