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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 476

Governor-General may extend a human biosecurity emergency period

             (1)  The Governor-General may vary a human biosecurity emergency declaration to extend the human biosecurity emergency period for a period of up to 3 months if the Health Minister is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the declaration listed human disease is continuing to pose a severe and immediate threat, or is continuing to cause harm, to human health on a nationally significant scale; and

                     (b)  the extension is necessary to prevent or control:

                              (i)  the entry of the declaration listed human disease into Australian territory or a part of Australian territory; or

                             (ii)  the emergence, establishment or spread of the declaration listed human disease in Australian territory or a part of Australian territory.

             (2)  A variation made under subsection (1) is a legislative instrument, but section 42 (disallowance) of the Legislation Act 2003 does not apply to the variation.

             (3)  The Governor-General may extend a human biosecurity emergency period under subsection (1) more than once.



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