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Subscribing to get Biosecurity Tasmania Advisories is the best way you can keep yourself up-to-date and fully informed about Tasmanian biosecurity issues. Our Advisories cover topics such as changes or proposed changes to Tasmania’s import regulations, animal health and welfare, plant health, forthcoming regulation reviews and opportunities for public comment, new or emerging pest/disease risks and a range of other matters related to Tasmania’s biosecurity.


412 advisories found.
 

Biosecurity Advisory 24/2024 - Nominations for the 2024 Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards are now open

​​The awards recognise outstanding biosecurity projects and represent a platform to reinforce, recognise and promote positive biosecurity behavioural change in the industry and community.

This is an opportunity to recognise those in our communities and industries who have gone above and beyond to help protect our future.

Biosecurity is foundational to the economic, social, and environmental assets of Tasmania and we all share the benefits of our strong biosecurity system.

It underpins our multi-billion-dollar agri-food production and export industries, and protects our unique natural wilderness areas that have immeasurable value to all Tasmanians and also visitors to our state.

The awards comprise of two categories, one being the Tasmanian Community Biosecurity Award and the other the Tasmanian Industry Biosecurity Award.

Last year the Tasmanian Community Biosecurity Award was won by Robyn Lewis and the Tasmanian Industry Biosecurity Award by Nic Hansen.

Robyn won for her outstanding management of biosecurity threats to the Milford Forest property, an important ecological site for a number of endemic and endangered species.

Nic was recognised for his contribution and assistance during the 2018 fruit fly incursion in Tasmania and the successful emergency response and eradication that followed.

If you or someone you know has personally contributed towards improving biosecurity in Tasmania, or if they are part of an organisation or group, you can place a nomination today.

More information about the awards and nominations can be found at www.nre.tas.gov.au/tasbiosecurityaward

(5/7/2024)
Categories: Horticulture; Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Information for Bass Strait Islands; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 23/2024 - Emergency General Biosecurity Direction for European Honey Bees and Associated Products- Renewal July 2024

​​Due to the presence of varroa mite (Varroa destructor) in New South Wales (NSW), the Tasmanian Chief Plant Protection Officer has put in place an extension to the general biosecurity direction (emergency), to prevent the introduction of this honey bee parasite into Tasmania.

This direction takes effect as of 12am on Sunday 7 July 2024 and remains in effect for six (6) months, unless it is revoked earlier. The direction prohibits the import into Tasmania of any:

  • European honey bee (Apis mellifera); or
  • Any animal product produced by, or from, a European honey bee other than commercially produced bee products such as honey filtered to a maximum 2 mm pore size and melted refined beeswax, or another process approved by the Chief Plant Protection Officer; or
  • Any used beekeeping equipment; or
  • Any other thing that may reasonably be suspected of being a carrier of bees, or any pest or disease that may affect bees.

This extension has been put in place to further protect Tasmania as the response in NSW transitions towards management of the honey bee pest. Once completed, ongoing risk analysis work being conducted at both the national and state levels will inform future imports of bees, bee products and beekeeping equipment into Tasmania. While this general biosecurity direction (emergency) remains in place, producers will need to continue sourcing queen bees from within Tasmania.

A copy of the general biosecurity direction (emergency) is available at https://nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/bees/rules-for-moving-bees-apiary-products-and-used-apiary-equipment

More information about varroa mite can be found on the NRE Tas website at https://nre.tas.gov.au/varroa

(5/7/2024)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 22/2024 - *RE-ISSUED with updated link - Draft Biosecurity (Livestock Traceability) Regulations – Public Consultation Now Open

​The draft Biosecurity (Livestock Traceability) Regulations (the Regulations) are open for public comment.

The draft Regulations have been developed under the Biosecurity Act 2019 and include the following key areas:

• Property Identification Codes (PICs)

• Identification of livestock

• Requirements for livestock owners and supply chain participants

• Tasmanian and national livestock registers

The new Regulations provide a framework that enable some obligations to be met via subordinate documents. Detailed requirements on how to identify cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs will be outlined in a set of animal identification standards which will be published on the NRE Tas website. The standards are given a head of power via clause 15 of the new Regulations.

The draft Regulations, animal identification standards, and accompanying information guide can be viewed at www.nre.tas.gov.au/ltr

The consultation period will run from 5pm on Wednesday 26 June to 5pm on Wednesday 7 August 2024, AEST. We welcome submissions on the draft Regulations through our online ​form​​. Alternatively, you can provide a written submission. Written submissions can emailed to product.integrity@nre.tas.gov.au or posted to:

Primary Produce Traceability
Biosecurity Tasmania
13 St Johns Avenue
New Town Tas 7008​​

Late submissions will not be considered. 

Once submissions are received, we will analyse the feedback and provide recommendations to the Minister for Primary Industries and Water on the final Regulations. As part of the consultation process, we may publish submissions on the Department website. Anonymous submissions can be made. 

Questions about the draft Regulations or the public consultation process can be sent to product.integrity@nre.tas.gov.au​

(27/6/2024)
Categories: Information for Bass Strait Islands; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 21/2024 - Tasmania's Action Plan for Varroa Mite 2024-2034

​Biosecurity Tasmania has developed an Action Plan to keep Tasmania free of varroa mite. This plan is a draft for consultation and we invite interested parties to provide feedback on the plan by Friday 26th July 2024. The draft action plan has 5 key focus areas including:

  1. Prevention: Maintain and improve activities to reduce the risk of varroa mite entry into Tasmania.
  2. Detection: Assess and upgrade varroa mite detection capabilities in border inspection and post-border surveillance activities.
  3. Response: Build enhanced capacity to rapidly respond to varroa mite detections.
  4. Combined Actions: Develop actions that contribute to at least two of the core actions of prevention, detection, or response.
  5. Plan B: Minimise the impacts of varroa mite if it were to establish.

The draft plan is available on our website on the Varroa mite page
To submit feedback please email biosecurity.planthealth@nre.tas.gov.au
If you would like to register for a meeting to discuss the plan please contact Plant Biosecurity and Diagnostics branch biosecurity.planthealth@nre.tas.gov.au or call 03 6165 3777

(25/6/2024)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Pasture; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 20/2024 - Release of the Tasmanian Cat Management Plan Achievements 2017-2022 report

​​The Tasmanian Cat Management Plan Achievements 2017-2022 report has been released. The report outlines the key achievements by cat management stakeholders across Tasmania against the strategic objectives of the Tasmanian Cat Management Plan 2017-2022 (the Plan).  

The Plan, which has been supported by a State Government investment of $360,000 per annum, announced in the 2017-18 Budget, recognises that cat management in Tasmania is a shared responsibility and outlines a strategic framework for encouraging responsible cat ownership and reducing the impacts of cats on the environment and agriculture now and into the future.  

Legislative amendments were introduced in March 2022, backed by an additional investment of $350,000 by the State Government for implementation, to strengthen Tasmania’s cat management regulatory framework to better support responsible cat ownership and protection of private property from cats.   

Three regional cat management coordinators have been funded by the State Government to foster collaboration between the State, councils, cat management facilities, and other relevant stakeholders to spread awareness and increase participation in cat management across the state.     

To enhance public education and engagement, the highly successful TassieCat campaign has been implemented, utilising various media platforms to promote responsible cat ownership and management resulting in increased public interest, support, and participation in cat management initiatives.  

In addition, a number of successful local cat control programs have been initiated by Tasmanian municipal councils and cat management facilities in response to community concerns around stray, domestic and feral cats.   

A new Tasmanian Cat Management Plan 2024-2029 is currently in development by NRE Tas in consultation with key stakeholders. The new Plan, to be released later this year, will provide a revised framework for cat management in Tasmania for the next five years that incorporates the experiences and knowledge gained during the implementation of the current Plan. NRE Tas will seek feedback from the public on a draft of the new Plan prior to its release.  

For more information and for a copy of the Tasmanian Cat Management Plan Achievements 2017-2022 report visit the NRE Tas website: https://nre.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/responsible-cat-ownership/tasmanian-cat-management-plan ​

(25/6/2024)
Categories: Cropping; Information for Bass Strait Islands; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 19/2024 – Renewing the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy - There’s still time to have your say!

​The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is still inviting written submissions on the renewal of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS). Submissions close on Sunday 30 June at 4pm, AEST.

A renewed AAWS will establish Australia’s commitment to modern, sustainable, evidence and science-based welfare practices.

Your views are important. Share your views and insights on the challenges and opportunities for animal welfare in Australia through www.agriculture.gov.au/haveyoursay/aaws

There will be further consultation opportunities over the next 3 years as the strategy is developed. If you would like to receive updates on the progress of consultation, you can subscribe for AAWS notifications through the Have Your Say page, linked above. 

Find out more about the strategy on DAFF’s website www.agriculture.gov.au/agriculture-land/animal/welfare/aaws

(13/6/2024)
Categories: Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Information for Bass Strait Islands; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 18/2024 – Tag Rebate Scheme now open for sheep and goat eID!

The sheep and goat electronic identification (eID) Tag Rebate Scheme opened 1 June 2024

The Support Scheme will assist owners of sheep and goats to transition from the current visual device and mob-based approach to individual electronic tagging of sheep and goats, by providing a rebate on fully accredited National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) eID devices.

Rebates on eligible eID devices close 30 June 2026, or until funding for the scheme is expended, whichever occurs first. 

Available rebates include:

  • A $1 rebate per tag on retail price (GST exclusive) of eligible eID device ear tags.
  • A $4 rebate per tag on retail price (GST exclusive) of eligible eID device goat leg bands, where ear tags are not suitable for particular goat breeds.

Eligible tag types include:

Note that there are non-NLIS accredited RFID tags for sheep and goats in the market. These have not undertaken the rigorous testing and accreditation of NLIS approved tags. Non-NLIS accredited devices are not eligible for rebates under this scheme. 

Reimbursement of purchased eID tags:

  • Owners of sheep or goats can apply for the reimbursement of eID tags purchased between the 1 January - 31 May 2024, through the SmartyGrants portal​. Applications will close 30 September 2024.

For more information on the Tag Rebate Scheme, visit the ‘Grant Round 2 – Tag Rebate Scheme​’ webpage​.

(6/6/2024)
Categories: Information for Bass Strait Islands; Livestock; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Natural environment;


Biosecurity Advisory 17/2024 - Biosecurity Advisory Category Added For Bass Strait Islands

Biosecurity Tasmania has added a new category to the Tasmanian biosecurity advisories service​, titled “Information for the Bass Strait islands”. This category is intended to provide biosecurity information for communities on King Island, Flinders Island, and other offshore Islands in the Bass Strait. It may also be used to share information and updates on biosecurity projects and other work undertaken by Biosecurity Tasmania in these areas.

Members of the public already subscribed to the service who want to receive information and updates relating to the Bass Strait islands will need to update their preferences. This can be done by following the steps below:
  • click on ‘update subscription’ at the bottom of this email
  • tick the box for ‘Information for Bass Strat Islands’
  • click ‘save’
Your preferences will be updated, and you will receive all future relevant biosecurity advisories.

To view all Tasmanian biosecurity advisories, visit https://biosecurityadvisory.nre.tas.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx



(31/5/2024)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Information for Bass Strait Islands; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 16/2024 – Be Aware of Bird Flu Risks

​Avian influenza, or bird flu, is a highly contagious viral disease affecting domestic and wild birds and other animals worldwide. There are many strains of the virus that cause different levels of disease. 

In recent years, a newer strain of high pathogenicity avian influenza (H5N1, clade 2.3.4.4b), has caused widespread disease and death in birds and other wildlife around the world.  

There are no known detections or outbreaks of this strain of high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) in Tasmania.

If you see sick or dead birds or other animals, report it to the national Emergency Animal Disease hotline on 1800 675 888. It could be bird flu. Avian influenza can sometimes affect humans. Do not touch sick or dead animals. 

Learn more about how to spot and report avian influenza at www.nre.tas.gov.au/ai​​.

(24/5/2024)
Categories: Wildlife; Policy and Legislation; Natural environment; Livestock; Information for Bass Strait Islands; Pasture; Invasive Species;


Biosecurity Advisory 15/2024 - Have your say - Renewing the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy

​The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is inviting written submissions on the renewal of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS). A renewed AAWS will establish Australia’s commitment to modern, sustainable, evidence and science-based welfare practices.

The renewed AAWS will be jointly led by the Australian, and state and territory governments, built on a principles-based framework, and informed by industry engagement and feedback during consultation. 

Share your views and insights on the challenges and opportunities for animal welfare in Australia through www.agriculture.gov.au/haveyoursay/aaws.  

There will be further consultation opportunities over the next 3 years as the strategy is developed. If you would like to receive updates on the progress of consultation, you can subscribe for AAWS notifications through the Have Your Say page, linked above. 

Find out more about the strategy on DAFF’s website www.agriculture.gov.au/agriculture-land/animal/welfare/aaws​.   

(14/5/2024)
Categories: Livestock; Wildlife; Policy and Legislation; Pasture; Natural environment; Marine pests; Invasive Species; Freshwater pests;

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