The legislation is made up of 3 elements:
The NAIT Act sets out the requirements participants in the NAIT scheme must meet. It also sets up a guideline for participants to access data, and for NAIT Ltd to recover costs and enforce obligations.
In December 2019, the NAIT Amendment Bill (No. 2) was passed by Parliament. Changes to NAIT legislation were introduced following recommendations made in the NAIT review, lessons learned from the Mycoplasma bovis response, and consultation with farmers, industry and stakeholders.
The changes tighten rules around the handling of untagged animals, improve the use of NAIT data, with an increase in infringement penalties to reflect the seriousness of NAIT non-compliance.
Here is a summary of what has changed:
The NAIT Act gives NAIT Ltd the ability to issue standards, policies and rules. These are necessary for the NAIT scheme to operate.
The Standard sets out new expectations for those who trade in NAIT animals — cattle and deer — as a third party and their obligations under NAIT.
These regulations, which came into effect on 10 January 2013, establish the NAIT Information System Access Panel.
These regulations, which came into effect on 10 January 2013, specify offences against the NAIT Act and regulations, and prescribe infringement fees.
These regulations, which came into effect on 1 July 2012, provide the detail of the obligations and exemptions for the NAIT scheme to work.
These regulations, which came into effect on 28 June 2012, impose levies on owners of animals in the NAIT scheme.
These regulations, which came into effect on 1 July 2012, prescribe the fees payable and the forms to be used for an application for accreditation as an entity or information provider, and the fees for applying to access NAIT data.