Biosecurity Act 2015 Regulatory Training Refresher Course

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Delivery Mode

  • Face to face


  • None


Coffs Harbour

  • Dates: 11-13 September 2019

  • Registrations close: 12 August 2019

  • Cost: $1300

  • Venue: Pacific Bay Resort, Cnr Pacific Hwy & Bay Dr, Coffs Harbour



Since the assent of the Biosecurity Act 2015 in NSW, the Australian Centre for Environmental Compliance (ACFEC) has delivered several Biosecurity Regulatory Training Bridging courses to authorised officers from Local Land Services (LLS).  The training has been successfully delivered with excellent feedback.  It has enhanced the capability of authorised officers and improved the regulatory capability of LLS.  The Biosecurity Act is a modern piece of legislation that is also complex in that it has numerous administrative, civil and criminal remedies.


ACFEC has now designed a course that will build on the Biosecurity Regulatory Training Bridging course which has the following primary objectives to:

  • Enhance the officers’ understanding of the Biosecurity Act 2015 to enable LLS to further educate stakeholders.  This is commonly known within the regulatory spectrum as advice and persuasion;

  • Act as refresher training and accordingly one of the units of competency PSPINV001 Plan and initiate and investigation will be awarded;

  • Further develop authorised officers in applying the recovering provisions within the Biosecurity Act 2015;

  • Refresh officers in investigative methodologies; and

  • Further develop the authorised officers’ understanding of biosecurity duties.

This three-day course is for existing Local Land Services (LLS) Officers authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2015.  Taking into account the significant and complex changes to the regulatory framework, this training allows learners to develop a practical understanding of the Act.  The training utilises group exercises, workplace simulations and lectures to enable learners to:

  • Understand biosecurity risk within a regulatory framework

  • Understand the role of LLS in biosecurity

  • Understand the appointment, roles and functions of Authorised Officers

  • Understand and apply powers under Part 8

  • Understand and apply statutory tools including biosecurity directions and biosecurity undertakings

  • Understand penalty provisions and executive liability

  • Understand and applying penalty notices

  • Apply a risk-based approach to regulation

  • Understand and apply advice and persuasion regulatory theory

  • Conduct formal records of interview using cognitive interviewing techniques

  • Deal with vulnerable persons

  • Understand and apply general and individual biosecurity duties

The course is designed to address the regulatory spectrum from advice and persuasion to the use of directions to prosecution.  Each learning outcome is delivered using practical exercises relating to the Biosecurity Act 2015.  The course also acts as a compliance refresher.

Day 1 of this course has been tailored to supervisors and managers.  The objective is to allow managers and supervisors to understand the managerial and operational issues associated with the Act. 

Units of Competency

Upon successful completion of the course, learners will receive a Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

PSPCRT007      Compile and use official notes

PSPGEN038      Identify and treat risks 

PSPINV001       Plan and initiate an investigation

The training is nationally recognised and the above units form part of the PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigations.


ACFEC delivered 2 pilot courses to officers during September and October 2018 in Dubbo and feedback included:

“Good course for a refresher for those that have done the bridging course.”

“Great and very useful for our job.”

“Thank you for another fantastic course to assist my employment.”

“Training was a good balance of theory and practical work with elements that can be used in our organisations.”