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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 555

Biosecurity officer may direct person in charge of conveyance to permit biosecurity officer to board

             (1)  This section applies in relation to:

                     (a)  a conveyance that is subject to biosecurity control; or

                     (b)  a conveyance that is carrying goods that are subject to biosecurity control.

             (2)  A biosecurity officer may direct the person in charge or the operator of the conveyance to:

                     (a)  permit the biosecurity officer to board the conveyance; and

                     (b)  by all reasonable means, facilitate the boarding of the conveyance by the biosecurity officer.

Note 1:       For powers and obligations after a biosecurity officer has boarded a conveyance, see section 556.

Note 2:       See also section 572 (general provisions relating to directions).

             (3)  A biosecurity officer may give a direction under subsection (2) for the purpose of exercising powers:

                     (a)  under Part 1 of Chapter 3 (managing biosecurity risks: goods); or

                     (b)  under Part 2 of Chapter 4 (managing biosecurity risks: conveyances).

             (4)  A person who is given a direction under subsection (2) must comply with the direction.

Fault-based offence

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is given a direction under subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the person engages in conduct; and

                     (c)  the conduct contravenes the direction.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years or 120 penalty units, or both.

Civil penalty provision

             (6)  A person is liable to a civil penalty if the person contravenes subsection (4).

Civil penalty:          120 penalty units.



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