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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 156

Reporting by person in charge of goods

             (1)  If a person in charge of the goods becomes aware of a reportable biosecurity incident in relation to the goods, the person must, as soon as practicable after becoming aware of the incident, report the incident to a biosecurity officer or the Director of Biosecurity.

Note:          The obligation in this subsection applies whether or not the person is in Australian territory when the person becomes aware of the reportable biosecurity incident (see subsection (4)).

Fault-based offence

             (2)  A person in charge of goods that are subject to biosecurity control commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person becomes aware of a reportable biosecurity incident in relation to the goods; and

                     (b)  the person fails to report the incident as required by subsection (1).

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

Civil penalty provision

             (3)  A person is liable to a civil penalty if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Civil penalty:          120 penalty units.

Application to persons within and outside Australian territory

             (4)  Subsections (2) and (3) apply whether or not the person is in Australian territory when the person becomes aware of the reportable biosecurity incident.



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