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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 203

Biosecurity control notice may be affixed to conveyance or given to person in charge of conveyance

             (1)  A biosecurity officer may:

                     (a)  affix a biosecurity control notice to, or as near as reasonably practicable to, the conveyance; or

                     (b)  give a biosecurity control notice to the person in charge of the conveyance.

Civil penalty provision

             (2)  A person is liable to a civil penalty if:

                     (a)  a biosecurity control notice is affixed to, or as near as reasonably practicable to, a conveyance under paragraph (1)(a); and

                     (b)  the person interferes with, removes or defaces the notice; and

                     (c)  none of the following applies:

                              (i)  the person is authorised to engage in the conduct referred to in paragraph (b) in accordance with an approved arrangement;

                             (ii)  the person needs to engage in that conduct to comply with a direction given under another provision of this Act by a biosecurity official;

                            (iii)  the person has been given permission to engage in that conduct under section 557.

Civil penalty:          120 penalty units.

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the person is authorised to engage in the conduct referred to in paragraph (2)(b) under this Act or under another Australian law.

Note 1:       A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in this subsection (see section 96 of the Regulatory Powers Act).

Note 2:       A person may contravene a civil penalty provision for moving, dealing with or interfering with a conveyance in relation to which a biosecurity control notice has been affixed under paragraph (1)(a) (see section 204).



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