New biosecurity laws for livestock producers from 1 July 2016

Biosecurity Queensland is urging livestock producers to be aware of new biosecurity laws that will commence on 1 July 2016.

General Manager for Animal Biosecurity and Welfare, Dr Allison Crook, said it was important producers were aware of the new laws and what they would mean for their business.

"A new approach to managing cattle tick will commence from 1 July 2016," she said.

"The proposed new framework will provide producers with more options for managing cattle tick on their property."

Dr Crook said the proposed changes would support reduced travel times and costs for producers impacted by cattle tick.

"The new framework will provide more flexibility for low risk activities such as moving livestock to feedlots and abattoirs," Dr Crook said.

"The proposed new approach also allows for accredited certifiers - people trained to inspect and certify livestock as free from ticks.

"Accredited certifiers can issue certificates at any location, not just a dip or clearing facility.

"This will allow livestock to be certified at their place of origin and moved directly to their destination, saving the producer additional loading, travel and costs," she said.

Dr Crook said extensive industry feedback had helped inform the proposed new approach to managing cattle tick in Queensland.

"The location of the tick line is not yet finalised, but it is proposed that there will be two zones - a tick free zone and a tick infested zone," she said.

"All producers will still have an obligation to report cattle tick and tick fever in the free zone and infested properties in the free zone will need to ensure their livestock are tick free before they are moved and eradicate the ticks from their property.

"Our biosecurity officers will continue to provide surveillance for cattle ticks in the free zone to identify and monitor high risk areas, and to ensure that eradication programs on infested properties are effective."
Dr Crook said the property identification code (PIC) system would continue under the new legislation and changes to registration would be minimal.

"If you keep designated animals, you are considered a registrable biosecurity entity and must register your details with Biosecurity Queensland from 1 July 2016.

"This is similar to the previous property registration requirements - the terminology of who must register is a little different, but what is considered a designated animal remains unchanged," she said.

You must register if you keep:
  • One or more cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, bison, buffalo, deer, members of the camel family, members of the equine family
  • 100 or more designated birds
  • One or more bee hives.
Dr Crook said in most cases the owner of the animals would need to register because they normally had ultimate care and control of the animals.

"If you keep livestock, when you register as a biosecurity entity a PIC will be issued.

"If you already hold a PIC you'll be automatically registered as a biosecurity entity on 1 July 2016 and registration will remain effective for three years."

A major theme of the new laws is that of shared responsibility - that everyone is responsible for managing their own biosecurity risks.

The laws introduce the general biosecurity obligation, meaning livestock producers must take an active role in managing biosecurity risks under their control and must ensure their actions do not spread pests, diseases or contaminants.

Queensland's new Biosecurity Act 2014 will commence on 1 July 2016. To find out more about your responsibilities visit or call 13 25 23.

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