General Biosecurity Obligation - Queensland

Service summary

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, individuals and organisations whose activities pose a biosecurity risk will have greater legal responsibility for managing them. This general biosecurity obligation (GBO) means they must take all reasonable steps to ensure they do not spread a pest, disease or contaminant.

A biosecurity risk exists when you deal with any pest, disease or contaminant, or with something that could carry one of these. This includes moving or keeping a pest, disease, contaminant or animals, plants, soil and equipment that could carry a pest, disease or contaminant.

A biosecurity event is caused by a pest, disease or contaminant that is, or is likely to become, a significant problem for human health, social amenity, the economy or the environment.

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.

Definition of terms

Biosecurity Event

A Biosecurity Event is caused by a pest, disease or contaminant that is or is likely to become a significant problem for human health, social amenity, the economy or the environment.

Biosecurity Risk

A Biosecurity Risk is a risk of any adverse effect on a biosecurity consideration, caused by or likely to be caused by biosecurity matter; or dealing with biosecurity matter or a carrier; or carrying out an activity relating to biosecurity matter or a carrier

General Biosecurity Obligation

The General Biosecurity Obligation requires everyone to manage biosecurity risks under their control and take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise the likelihood of causing a biosecurity risk and minimise the adverse effects of dealing with a biosecurity matter or carrier.

Additional information

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland

Act(s) name

Biosecurity Act 2014 (Queensland)

Contact details

Customer Service Centre
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland

Phone:

13 25 23

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