South Burnett Biosecurity Surveillance Program for Restricted and Prohibited Matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014
The Surveillance Program (Pest Survey) for invasive plants and animals that are prohibited or restricted biosecurity matter in the South Burnett Local Government
Area will be known as the South Burnett Biosecurity Surveillance Program (the program).
The biosecurity matter to which the program may relate includes all invasive biosecurity matter as defined in section 48(1) of the Act.
The Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) provides for the establishment of surveillance programs. Surveillance programs are directed at any of the following—
- monitoring compliance with the Act in relation to a particular matter to which the Act applies;
- confirming the presence, or finding out the extent of the presence, in the State or the parts of the State to which the program applies, of the biosecurity matter to which the program relates;
- confirming the absence, in the State or the parts of the State to which the program applies, of the biosecurity matter to which the program relates;
- monitoring the effects of measures taken in response to a biosecurity risk;
- monitoring compliance with requirements about prohibited matter or restricted matter; and
- monitoring levels of biosecurity matter or levels of biosecurity matter in a carrier.
The objectives of the South Burnett Biosecurity Surveillance Program (the Program) are:
- confirm the presence, and find out the extent of the presence in the South Burnett, of the prohibited or restricted matter to which the program relates;
- confirm the absence in the South Burnett, of the prohibited matter to which the program relates; and
- monitor the effects of measures taken in response to a biosecurity risk posed by invasive biosecurity matter.
Pest Management Programs are a core legislative function of Local Government, prior to the introduction of the Biosecurity Act 2014, programs were administered under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route) Management Act 2002.
Previous pest surveys for declared pests in the South Burnett under the Land Protection Pest and Stock Route Management Act have detected restricted biosecurity matter formerly known as class 1 and 2 declared pests.
Ongoing surveillance of these species is required to support spread prevention and control programs.