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Biosecurity Amendment (Strengthening Penalties) Bill 2021


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Summary

Amends the Biosecurity Act 2015 to increase the civil and criminal penalty amounts for contraventions of certain key requirements relating to the assessment and management of biosecurity risks of goods that are brought or imported into Australian territory, and the carrying out of biosecurity activities in accordance with an approved arrangement.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18/02/21  
Second reading moved 18/02/21  
Second reading debate 16/06/21  
Second reading agreed to 16/06/21  
Third reading agreed to 16/06/21  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 21/06/21  
Second reading moved 21/06/21  
Second reading debate 23/06/21  
Second reading agreed to 23/06/21  
Committee of the Whole debate 23/06/21  
Third reading agreed to 23/06/21  
     
Finally passed both Houses 23/06/21  
Assent 29/06/21 Act no: 58 - Year: 2021
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 1272]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Independent [sheet 1306]
PATRICK, Sen Rex

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (24/02/2021): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 4 of 2021
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)