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In 2022, the Victorian Government introduced changes to the Livestock Management Act 2010 and Livestock Management Regulations 2021 to address the serious impacts of trespass on Victorian farms and the significant biosecurity risks that breaches from trespassers can pose.
The new laws establish a voluntary framework for livestock producers to require visitors to follow prescribed biosecurity measures as a tool to reduce biosecurity risks arising from unlawful entry by trespassers. Livestock producers choosing to implement these measures must have a biosecurity management plan (BMP) containing mandatory content and compliant biosecurity signage in place for an offence to be enforceable. Failure to comply with the prescribed biosecurity measures may be an offence under the Livestock Management Act 2010.