The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is developing a new stand-alone invasive species management Bill to replace the noxious weeds and pest animals provisions of the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (the CaLP Act) and to close the gaps in powers to deal with incursions of a range of species currently not, or only partially, covered by Victoria's biosecurity legislation.
DPI is developing this new invasive species legislation with advice from a cross-departmental group of subject matter experts. A Steering Committee of senior departmental managers from DPI, Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria (PV) provides direction and project oversight.
A key step in the development of new legislation has been to develop a discussion paper outlining a conceptual framework that is to underpin the new legislation and seek stakeholder feedback on this proposal. Written submissions will be considered and assist DPI in developing robust invasive species management legislation.
The aim is to present a Bill to Parliament and receive Royal Assent by late 2014. The development of subordinate legislative tools (such as regulations) is scheduled for development post 2014 at which stage DPI will undertake further consultation. A clear and orderly transition process will facilitate the implementation of the new Act and subordinate legislation.
A series of information sessions will be held around Victoria to inform stakeholders of the proposed legislation, provide stakeholders with the opportunity to ask questions, and to assist stakeholders in the provision of well-considered feedback to DPI. Dates, times and locations of these sessions are provided on www.dpi.vic.gov.au.
Your feedback would be appreciated on the conceptual framework outlined in Part 2: Detailed description of the proposal, and questions asked in Part 3: Consultation questions.
Invitation to make submissions
You are invited to examine this paper and provide written comments by Friday, 05 October 2012.
There are three ways to provide feedback:
- Use the online feedback form, which asks some key questions to help you provide feedback quickly and easily.
- Use the key questions in Part 3 and email your written comments to: Invasivespecies.Consultation@dpi.vic.gov.au.
- Use the key questions in Part 3 and post your written comments to:
Invasive Species Management Bill Consultation,
Invasive Plants and Animals, Biosecurity Victoria,
GPO Box 4440, Melbourne VIC 3001.
The feedback you provide will be published after the consultation period closes. If you wish to make a confidential submission, please do not use the online feedback form, but rather email or post your comments and clearly mark your comments 'commercial-in-confidence'.
If you have any queries, including requests for pdfs or hard copies, please email Invasivespecies.Consultation@dpi.vic.gov.au or phone 136186.
How will your feedback be used?
Your feedback will be used to test the suitability of our proposed conceptual framework for new invasive species management legislation and identify any further improvements.