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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 138

Powers of biosecurity officer if biosecurity measures are required

             (1)  If a biosecurity officer requires a biosecurity measure to be taken in relation to goods under section 132 (movement), section 133 (treatment), section 136 (destruction) or a regulation made for the purposes of section 137, a biosecurity officer may:

                     (a)  direct a person in charge of the goods to carry out the biosecurity measure; or

                     (b)  carry out the biosecurity measure; or

                     (c)  arrange for another person with appropriate qualifications or expertise to carry out the biosecurity measure.

Note 1:       Section 136 sets out prerequisites to a biosecurity officer taking certain actions under this section in relation to a requirement under section 136 to destroy high-value goods.

Note 2:       A person who is given a direction under paragraph (1)(a) of this section may commit an offence or contravene a civil penalty provision for failing to comply with the direction (see section 140).

Note 3:       See also section 572 (general provisions relating to directions).

             (2)  If, under this section, a biosecurity officer:

                     (a)  gives a direction to a person to carry out a biosecurity measure; or

                     (b)  arranges for another person with appropriate qualifications or expertise to carry out a biosecurity measure;

a biosecurity officer may supervise the taking of the biosecurity measure.



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