Fines for illegally entering farms
Under changes to the Biosecurity Regulation 2017, trespassers caught illegally on farms will receive an on-the-spot fine of $1000. Further fines include up to $220,000 per person and $440,000 for corporations.
It will be mandatory for visitors to farms to comply with a Biosecurity Management Plan. Anyone who enters a designated biosecurity area illegally and without complying with the plan’s requirements may be found guilty of an offence and subject to the new penalties.
The Department of Primary Industries or Local Land Services office will give farmers more information about developing a biosecurity plan and appropriate signage.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government is putting in place the harshest penalties in Australia and sending a strong warning to those who illegally invade farms and harass farmers.
“The NSW Government is looking at ways we can further deter this kind of behaviour, including introducing legislation and potential jail time for offenders.”
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the NSW Government is determined to clamp down on illegal farm invasions.
“Trespassers are posing serious biosecurity risks by potentially bringing contaminants and diseases onto properties that could wipe out an entire farming operation,” Mr Marshall said.