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Unauthorised persons must not interfere with etc. biosecurity control order affixed to goods or premises

Civil penalty provision

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

                     (a)  a biosecurity control order is affixed to, or as near as reasonably practicable to, goods or a conveyance under paragraph 356(1)(b) or 358(5)(b) or other premises under paragraph 356(2)(b) or 358(6)(b); and

                     (b)  the person interferes with, removes or defaces the biosecurity control order; 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.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person is authorised to engage in the conduct referred to in paragraph (1)(b) under this Act or under another Australian law.

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

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