Feedback on biosecurity reforms welcomed

Victorian residents are encouraged to have their say on the future of the state’s biosecurity laws to protect the state’s agricultural sector.

The state government is calling for feedback on a discussion paper, which has set out key topics to guide reforms to Victoria’s biosecurity legislation.

Strong biosecurity laws will ensure Victoria maintains its reputation as a producer and exporter of safe and high-quality produce.

Legislative reform also provides an opportunity to develop laws which address the risks and support new ways for government, industry and the community to collaborate with each other.

Combining the laws relating to animals, plants and pests currently provided across multiple pieces of legislation into a single Biosecurity Act will also help make everyone’s responsibilities clear.

Agriculture Minister Gayle Tierney said she encouraged all Victorians, including those in Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges, to have their say about biosecurity laws.

“Victoria already has very strong legislation and systems in place to protect the state’s agricultural industries but it’s important we continually review and improve,” she said.

“Biosecurity is complex and preparedness everyone’s responsibility.”

The survey or submissions close at midnight on Sunday, October 9.