(1) The Director of Biosecurity may determine that a specified area in Australian territory is a biosecurity response zone if:
(a) a biosecurity officer suspects, on reasonable grounds, that:
(i) a disease or pest may be present in or on goods or premises in the area; and
(ii) the disease or pest poses an unacceptable level of biosecurity risk; and
(b) the Director of Biosecurity is satisfied it is necessary to make the determination for the purpose of managing the biosecurity risk posed by the disease or pest.
Note 1: This Chapter does not apply in relation to certain goods or conveyances (see section 312).
Note 2: Premises include a conveyance (see paragraph (a) of the definition of premises in section 9).
Note 3: See section 310 in relation to the meaning of biosecurity risk in this Chapter.
Note 4: For variation and revocation of the determination, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .
(2) The Director of Biosecurity may determine that a specified area in Australian territory is a biosecurity response zone even if the area, or a part of the area, is part of:
(a) another biosecurity response zone; or
(b) a biosecurity monitoring zone; or
(c) a biosecurity activity zone.
(3) A biosecurity response zone determination may relate to more than one disease or pest.
(4) A determination made under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument, but section 42 (disallowance) of the Legislation Act 2003 does not apply to the determination.