New Zealand border health legislation

A number of New Zealand statutes and regulations contain provisions relevant to border health protection.

The main legislation is the:

  • Health Act 1956
  • Health (Quarantine) Regulations 1983
  • Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations 1966
  • Health (Quarantine Inspection Notice) 2014

This law is administered by the Ministry of Health. More detailed information about the key controls in this legislation is available in Border health legislation, policy and planning and from the Summary of Border Health Legislation.

Other legislation that contributes to border health protection includes the:

  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
  • Biosecurity Act 1993
  • Civil Aviation Act 1990
  • Maritime Transport Act 1994
  • Customs and Excise Act 1996
  • Food Act 1981 and Food Regulations 1984
  • Radiation Protection Act 1991.

This suite of legislation is supported by two other key statutes that cover emergency situations:

  • the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006, which contains powers to facilitate the management of serious epidemics of specified diseases
  • the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002, which provides for other powers if a state of emergency is declared under that Act.

Copies of all relevant legislation are available from New Zealand Legislation.

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