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 is calling for volunteers from across the state to host insect traps on their properties during the period January to March 2022.
This survey aims to re-affirm that Tasmania remains free of a range of exotic plant pests such as tomato potato psyllid (TPP) (Bactericera cockerelli), carrot psyllids (Bactericera trigonica and Trioza apicalis), African citrus psyllid (Trioza erytreae), Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), glassy winged sharpshooter (GWSS) (Homalodisca vitripennis) as well as exotic leaf miners (Liriomyza spp) including; tomato leaf miner (Liriomyza bryoniae), chickpea leaf miner (Liriomyza cicerina), serpentine leaf miner (Liriomyza huidobrensis), vegetable leaf miner (Liriomyza sativae) and American serpentine leaf miner (Liriomyza trifolii).These pests and diseases are a serious threat to Australia’s potato, tomato, carrot, viticulture, citrus, stone fruit, tree nut and nursery production industries.
While Tasmania is currently free from these pests it is important that we remain vigilant.
The Tasmanian information collected from the survey will be combined with data from other participating states. This will provide ongoing evidence that these pests are not established in Tasmania.
Participants will be provided with a kit and instructions on how to use the traps.To register or for more information about the survey please visit https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/plant-pest-surveillance/adopt-a-trap-pest-survey
This is an important project to provide evidence of freedom or early detection of exotic pests in Tasmania and your assistance is greatly appreciated.
(20/1/2022)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Seeds;
Please be advised that the Animal Health (Apiaries) Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) will expire on 26 December 2021.
Transitional arrangements under the Biosecurity Act 2019, known as a General Biosecurity Direction (BD), have been put in place to extend the current Regulation requirements, pending a new beekeeper registration system. It is anticipated that the new registration system will be in place by April 2022.
(22/12/2021)Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
Rabbit management requires an integrated and strategic plan of action using a range of tools and techniques.
The most effective outcomes occur when management efforts look beyond property boundaries and involve a high degree of cooperation between affected landowners, community groups and other stakeholders. Landowners have primary responsibility for managing rabbits on their land.
(21/12/2021)Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife; Plant pests; Plant diseases;
Biosecurity Tasmania wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.
To help us all continue to be biosecurity safe, here are some basic biosecurity tips that will help you meet your General Biosecurity Duty to protect Tasmania’s primary industries, environment and state’s enviable way of life from the negative impacts of pests, weeds and diseases.
(20/12/2021)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Pasture; Plant pests; Seeds; Policy and Legislation; Timber imports; Wildlife;
RELEASE OF THE PLANT BIOSECURITY MANUAL TASMANIA 2022 EDITION
Biosecurity Tasmania advises that the 2022 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) is now available.
An updated edition of the PBMTas is released each year to help importers, exporters and the broader public understand the current requirements for the import and export of plants, plant products, and other prescribed matter authorised by the Plant Quarantine Act 1997.
The 2022 edition incorporates changes to import requirements including:
Some of the above changes occurred, and were advised during 2021, and are now incorporated into the 2022 edition. Additionally:
A more comprehensive list of all changes can be found in the section 68 notice at the front of the PBMTas 2022 edition.A PDF version of the PBMTas 2022 edition can be downloaded here.
(15/12/2021)Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports;
Biosecurity Tasmania (BT) is currently investigating a detection of blueberry rust (BBR) on a commercial berry farm in the north of the State.
BT officers will soon be conducting further surveys on the property and a Direction notice has been issued to restrict the movement of fruit and plant material, equipment, staff and visitors. BT has also commenced the necessary tracing investigations.
(8/12/2021)Categories: Horticulture; Cropping; Plant diseases; Plant pests;
(3/12/2021)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;
Biosecurity Tasmania is amending Import Requirement 15 (IR15) of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (the Manual) relating to the import of Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) carriers. This will occur in December 2021 to coincide with the release of the 2022 edition of the Manual.
From mid-December 2021, Biosecurity Tasmania will no longer accept carriers of RIFA that are sourced from properties within 5 km of a known infestation of RIFA.
A carrier means anything, that has or can have RIFA on it, attached to it or contained in it. This includes plants with attached potting media, potting media, organic mulch, soil and turf, hay, straw, agricultural equipment and used containers.
This regulatory change is being initiated after research from CSIRO indicated property level freedom (verified by visual inspection) is no longer adequate to confirm absence of RIFA as a standalone measure.
This amendment follows similar changes made by other jurisdictions regulating for RIFA.
Alternative options for meeting IR15 remain including whole State freedom, certified partial area freedom outside 5 km of a known RIFA infestation, and specific chemical treatment measures for carriers.
A further advisory will be issued regarding release of the 2022 edition of the Manual in December when this amendment takes effect.For the current (2021) version of the Manual visit: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/plant-biosecurity-manual
(3/11/2021)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports;
Biosecurity Tasmania is asking all Tasmanians to be vigilant for anything unusual in fruit with the spring and summer months being the peak times for fruit fly activity on mainland Australia and a time of increased risk for Tasmania.
(4/10/2021)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;
Biosecurity Tasmania initiated an Import Risk Analysis (IRA) for potatoes in October 2020, and significant components of the analysis are now complete.
Completed work includes the determination of eight pathways through which potato pests might enter Tasmania together with host (potato) and potato industry profiling. In addition, most of the pest categorisation data (including for fungi, bacteria, nematodes, phytoplasmas, viruses and viroids, and insects) has been completed, along with six targeted industry consultation sessions.
The IRA has assessed 413 pests worldwide, of which 408 are considered to have a legitimate association with the host (potato). Of the 408 legitimate species, 203 are known to be present in Australia. Of the 203, a total of 85 are absent from Tasmania.
Of the pests present in Australia, these are being assessed to determine which species will need to attract regulatory attention once this work is completed. Some will be declared as Unwanted Quarantine Pests - meaning they are not permitted entry into Tasmania. Others will require full pest risk analysis to determine if they are to be considered Regulated Quarantine Pests (RQPs) - formally regulated in trade via Import Requirements (IRs). Full pest risk analysis includes production of supporting pest data sheets. The data sheets underpin estimation of likelihoods of entry, establishment, spread and potential consequences in Tasmania.
Further work also includes revision of the relevant Import Requirement (IR), and industry and public consultation on the IRA before it is finalised.
It is estimated that the IRA will be available for public consultation by the end of 2021.
For more information contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 or email: Biosecurity.Tasmania@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
(30/9/2021)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;