Biosecurity Amendment (Advanced Compliance Measures) Bill 2023

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to: enable the Director of Biosecurity to require each person who intends to enter, or enters, Australian territory on an incoming aircraft or vessel to provide information and produce a passport or other travel document for the purpose of assessing the level of biosecurity risk associated with the person and any goods that the person has with them; enable the director to scan any passport or travel document so produced and collect and retain personal information; create a civil penalty provision for persons who do not comply with the requirement to produce a passport or travel document; introduce a procedural fairness requirement for the relevant director to give notice of a proposed variation to the biosecurity industry participant covered by an approved arrangement and invite the participant to given a written submission within 14 days in relation to the proposed variation; streamline existing notice requirements in relation to a proposed suspension or revocation of an approved arrangement; introduce an alternative sanction of a reprimand which may be given if the relevant director does not consider it appropriate to vary, suspend or revoke an approved arrangement after receiving the biosecurity industry participant’s written submission; increase civil penalties for certain contraventions or failure to comply with certain requirements; make a technical amendment to clarify the Act’s intent; and insert new strict liability offences.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 21 Jun 2023
Second reading moved 21 Jun 2023
Second reading debate 01 Aug 2023
Referred to Federation Chamber 01 Aug 2023
Second reading debate 01 Aug 2023
Second reading agreed to 01 Aug 2023
Reported from Federation Chamber 02 Aug 2023
Third reading agreed to 02 Aug 2023
Introduced and read a first time 02 Aug 2023
Second reading moved 02 Aug 2023
Second reading debate 04 Sep 2023
Second reading agreed to 04 Sep 2023
Committee of the Whole debate 04 Sep 2023
Third reading agreed to 04 Sep 2023
Finally passed both Houses 04 Sep 2023
  • Act no: 62
  • Year: 2023
13 Sep 2023

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