Your Biosecurity Obligations

Everyone is obligated to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and invasive animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).  Not complying with the general biosecurity obligation is an offence.

Restricted invasive plants and animals are established in Queensland and seriously threaten Queensland’s primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people’s livelihoods.

The general biosecurity obligation means you need to ensure your activities do not spread a pest, disease or contaminant. Your responsibilities are:

  • take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise each biosecurity risk
  • minimise the likelihood of the risk causing a biosecurity event and limit the consequences of such an event
  • prevent or minimise the adverse effects the risk could have and refrain from doing anything that might exacerbate the adverse effects

Biosecurity Risks And Events

You do not need to know about all biosecurity risks, but you are expected to know about those associated with your land management activities.  This includes, for example, moving diseased plant material, or associated soil or equipment, off the property.

A biosecurity risk exists when you deal with any pest, disease or contaminant, or with something that could carry one of these.

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.

The introduction or spread of new weeds, pests and diseases onto your property can reduce production and cost you time and money. The best defence is prevention, by implementing sound biosecurity practices. Quick and simple measures built into everyday practice will help protect your farm and your future.

Farm biosecurity is your responsibility, and that of every person visiting or working on your property.

Further information and fact sheets are available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website and Queensland Government and Industry Portal.

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