Have your say on the NT livestock biosecurity legislation review


The Livestock Act 2008 and Livestock Regulations 2009 governs the administration and provides the biosecurity regulatory framework to both protect and support the needs of the livestock industries in the Northern Territory.

The legislation requires a full and comprehensive review to ensure the livestock biosecurity legislation framework remains flexible and modern.

This ensures the Territory can anticipate, respond and adapt to future biosecurity risks and challenges associated with sustaining livestock industries as well as meeting the continuously changing community expectations.

The Biosecurity and Animal Welfare branch within the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade is leading the regulatory review.

The formal consultation period for the review will take place over a four week period. Submissions close at 6 pm on Monday 4 October 2021.

For more information and to fill in the online survey, go to the Have Your Say website.

You can also provide a written submission via email or post. Contact information has been provided if you wish to speak with departmental staff as part of preparing your submission.

Information collected during this consultation process may be provided to persons making an application under freedom of information laws. Personal details will not be included or published in any report.

Current legislation and its objectives

The Livestock Act 2008 and Livestock Regulations 2009 set out the overarching legal concepts, principles, functions, and the regulatory framework for the administration, protection, promotion, and support of sustainable livestock and associated industries in the Northern Territory.

The primary objectives include:

  • providing for the identification and traceability of livestock
  • regulating movements of livestock, animal products and other things associated with livestock
  • supporting market access and product integrity of livestock, and livestock products
  • protecting the health and welfare of livestock by establishing standards and procedures for managing livestock, controlling diseases and implementing national biosecurity obligations
  • providing compensation for losses caused by emergency animal diseases
  • the making of Regulations for the administration and underpinning livestock management practices.
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