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Agriculture Minister may declare national response agency

             (1)  The Agriculture Minister may, in writing, declare any of the following to be a national response agency for the purposes of this Act:

                     (a)  the Australian Defence Force;

                     (b)  a Commonwealth body;

                     (c)  a part of a Commonwealth body.

Note 1:       The Agriculture Department, including all biosecurity officers and biosecurity enforcement officers, is also a national response agency (see the definition of national response agency in section 9).

Note 2:       For variation and revocation, see subsections 33(3) and (3AA) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

             (2)  Before declaring the Australian Defence Force to be a national response Agency, the Agriculture Minister must consult the Minister having responsibility for the Australian Defence Force.

             (3)  A failure by the Agriculture Minister to comply with subsection (2) does not affect the validity of the declaration.

             (4)  A declaration made under subsection (1) is not a legislative instrument.

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