Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisories
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
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.
Biosecurity Tasmania has commenced publishing seasonal compliance activities undertaken by Authorised Officers, in accordance with several pieces of legislation covering Tasmania's biosecurity system.
The Seasonal Compliance Reporting provides a summary of key compliance actions undertaken by Biosecurity Tasmania based on the Compliance and Enforcement Framework. There are numerous other compliance activities undertaken including education and support activities to encourage voluntary compliance, responses to complaints and a range of other audits and inspections which are not captured in these reports.
Areas covered by biosecurity legislation include plant biosecurity, animal biosecurity and welfare, invasive species (including cat management) and product integrity (including food safety, agricultural and veterinary chemical use and traceability).
Biosecurity Tasmania applies a graduated and proportionate approach to the application of compliance and enforcement actions, that include:
Several factors are considered when determining the appropriate response ranging from the nature, impact, intent and severity of the allegation to evidence of criminality for more serious offences. This ensures the most proportionate and consistent compliance or enforcement response is taken in any incident.
The recently published Spring 2023 compliance reporting can be viewed on the Biosecurity Tasmania website at www.nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity/seasonal-biosecurity-compliance-report.
The reports will be published quarterly and will be made available on this webpage.
(26/2/2024)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania intends to list all sexually reproductive species, sub-species, varieties, hybrids and cultivars of Digitalis species (commonly known as foxgloves).
The Declaration seeks to prevent sale and trade of all foxgloves to prevent further spread within Tasmania and prevent the introduction of new Digitalis species. The proposed declaration is limited to “designated areas” around State Reserves and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and does not affect those with existing foxglove species in gardens outside designated areas.
The Declaration does not include sterile varieties of Digitalis.
Common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is the only naturalised foxglove listed in the Census of the Vascular Plants of Tasmania. The plant is widely grown as a garden ornamental across Tasmania and has become a widespread environmental weed. It is a threat to high conservation values such as Tasmania’s national parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Foxglove is also toxic to humans and animals. All parts of the foxglove plant, especially the leaves, are poisonous.
Eradication of common foxglove from all parts of the State is not feasible and its common occurrence as a garden plant would make this difficult.
This declaration aims to strike a balance between protecting important environmental values and agricultural assets, whilst at the same time not diverting resources away from high priority weed species for which eradication is still the target.
Declaration is limited to “designated areas” (areas buffering State Reserves and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area) and “designated purposes” (including specific requirements to control foxglove, in order to protect vulnerable industries or the natural environment, outside designated areas).
Copies of the Statement of Intent will be available on the NRE Tas website Have Your Say - Public Comments Invited | Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (nre.tas.gov.au) and submissions are invited for a period of 60 days and should be received by 5:00pm 21 April 2024.
For more information visit https://nre.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/weeds/proposed-declaration-of-digitalis-species-(foxgloves) or call (03) 6165 3777.
(21/2/2024)Categories: Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Plant pests; Cropping; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Pasture;
Biosecurity Tasmania wishes to advise of changes to Import Requirement 2: Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide, in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.
Biosecurity Tasmania has revoked the use of methyl bromide as a treatment option for Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni) (QFF) in mangoes. This amendment to Import Requirement 2 is effective from 21 February 2024 for all mango varieties.
The same amendment for plums (all varieties) will come into effect from 22 March 2024.
These changes will further strengthen and protect Tasmania's QFF Pest Free Area.
Alternative pathways for importing mangoes and plums are available in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss importation options, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania's Market Access team on: (03) 6478 4138 or email@example.com
(21/2/2024)Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;
Biosecurity Tasmania and Animal Health Australia are working together to deliver Liaison-Livestock Industry training on 7 March 2024.
The Liaison-Livestock Industry (LLI) training provides participants with the information and tools necessary to fulfill the LLI functional role during an emergency response. The LLI is an industry representative appointed to work as part of an incident management team structure during government-led responses to emergency animal disease incidents. It is a critical role for the operational and strategic success of any response.
This training is a great opportunity for livestock industry members to learn more about emergency animal diseases, and what role they will play in any emergency response. Although Biosecurity Tasmania is responsible for leading any emergency animal disease response, biosecurity is a shared responsibility and it is crucial that our livestock industries remain informed and are represented throughout a response. The LLI can help greatly to make sure this is achieved.
Registrations close 20 February 2024, to learn more about the role and register your interest for the training, visit: https://animalhealthaustralia.com.au/liaison-livestock-industry-role/?fbclid=IwAR3WICznV6pOFd1fIizHm2HKuwlKcHbzRp9GZqdNop1I-JcLy1h-epSSb-Y
(12/2/2024)Categories: Freshwater pests; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Wildlife;
Spring and summer are the peak seasons for fruit fly activity on mainland Australia, meaning it is also a time of increased risk for Tasmania. That's why Biosecurity Tasmania is asking all Tasmanians to be on the lookout for anything unusual they may find in fruit.
Biosecurity Tasmania has strict import requirements and ongoing statewide surveillance in place, all aimed at reducing the risk of fruit fly getting into Tasmania.
Tell-tale signs of fruit fly to look out for include live larvae or eggs in the flesh of fruit or small puncture marks on the skin of fruit. Fruit fly larvae look similar to blowfly maggots and could be found in fruit that you have purchased, or from fruit grown in your backyard.
Fruit flies lay eggs in a wide range of fruits and fruiting vegetables.
Good biosecurity is a shared responsibility. Biosecurity Tasmania works closely with mainland states to help manage fruit fly risks and over the spring and summer months there are increased inspections of imported fruit fly host produce at the Tasmanian border. However, while the risk to Tasmania can be lowered it can unfortunately never be reduced to zero. This is why it's takes all of us, industry, government and the community, to keep Tasmanian fruit fly free. We all need to remain vigilant and work together to help protect Tasmania.
Anyone who notices any larvae in fruit is asked to put the fruit in a sealed bag or container and place it in the refrigerator and contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777. Please DO NOT dispose of any fruit that has larvae in it.
More information on fruit fly is at www.nre.tas.gov.au/fruitfly
(2/2/2024)Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;
The Tasmanian Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania and Plant Health Australia will be conducting free tree biosecurity workshops in February 2024.
The purpose of the workshops is to raise awareness and enable the early detection of exotic pests that pose significant biosecurity risks to trees in our urban, natural, and commercial environments.
Two workshops will be held in the North and South of the state:
Hobart - 20 February 2024 10.00am-3.00pm
Launceston - 21 February 10.00am-3.00pm
These workshops will be of particular interest to those working in the field with trees, those already undertaking tree health assessments and/or plant pest trapping and treatments, and those who are interested in collecting records and data on tree health in relation to their area of work. The focus will be on biosecurity pests of concern.
The workshop will cover:
If you would like to participate in the workshop, please RSVP by completing the following form:
RSVPs are due by 9 February 2024.
If this workshop might be of value to others in your workplace/area of work, please forward this invitation.
If you have further enquiries, please contact us.
Veronica Hayes - Surveillance Coordinator (Plant Biosecurity)0448 366 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rohan Burgess – (Surveillance Manager)
(02) 6215 7700 or RBurgess@phau.com.au
(25/1/2024)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Plant pests;
Biosecurity Tasmania wishes to advise of upcoming changes to Import Requirement 2: Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide, in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.
Biosecurity Tasmania will revoke the use of methyl bromide as a treatment option for Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni) (QFF) in mango and plum.
This amendment to Import Requirement 2 comes into effect on 21 February 2024 for mangoes (all varieties) and 22 March 2024 for plums (all varieties).
This change will further strengthen and protect Tasmania’s QFF Pest Free Area.
Alternative pathways for importing mangoes and plums are available in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss importation options, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania’s Market Access team on: (03) 6478 4138 or email@example.com
(22/1/2024)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;
As we head into our hot, dry summer, it’s important for farmers and livestock producers to be prepared. Water and feed can become scarce, putting the health and welfare of livestock at risk. We all have a general biosecurity duty to protect Tasmania from the negative impacts of pests, weeds and diseases, and we all have a responsibility to ensure animal welfare standards are upheld for livestock in our care.
There are some actions farmers and producers can do now to ensure the health and welfare of their livestock are protected this summer.
Check your feed:
For other resources to support livestock this summer, check out the weblinks below:
(8/1/2024)Categories: Invasive Species; Natural environment; Livestock; Cropping; Pasture;
(5/1/2024)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;
With the arrival of summer, Biosecurity Tasmania is urging visitors, and all Tasmanians, to be extra vigilant for potential biosecurity risks they may bring with them on the journey to Tasmania and to remember the Biosecurity Basics – Come in Clean, Check your Bags, Stay on the Path, and Report anything Unusual!
(19/12/2023)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;