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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 553

Biosecurity officers and biosecurity enforcement officers may be assisted by animals

             (1)  A biosecurity officer or biosecurity enforcement officer may be accompanied by, and make use of, an animal to assist the officer in:

                     (a)  entering and exercising powers:

                              (i)  at a landing place in Australian territory where an aircraft that is subject to biosecurity control has landed or intends to land; or

                             (ii)  at a port in Australian territory where a vessel that is subject to biosecurity control has been moored or intends to be moored; or

                            (iii)  on premises that may be entered with the consent of the occupier or under an entry warrant, investigation warrant or monitoring warrant; or

                            (iv)  on premises in a biosecurity response zone, biosecurity monitoring zone or biosecurity activity zone; or

                             (v)  on premises where biosecurity activities are carried out by a biosecurity industry participant in accordance with an approved arrangement covering the biosecurity industry participant; or

                            (vi)  on premises entered in accordance with Division 6 of Part 1 of Chapter 8 during a biosecurity emergency period; or

                           (vii)  at any other place where goods may be held under this Act; or

                     (b)  inspecting any goods, conveyances or other premises for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  However, subsection (1) applies only if:

                     (a)  the biosecurity officer or biosecurity enforcement officer is authorised by the Director of Biosecurity to handle animals in the performance of his or her functions or duties or the exercise of his or her powers under this Act; and

                     (b)  the animal is under the effective control of the biosecurity officer or biosecurity enforcement officer.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the exercise of a power by a biosecurity officer or a biosecurity enforcement officer under an entry warrant, investigation warrant or monitoring warrant unless the use of the animal by the officer is authorised by the warrant.



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