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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.

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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

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

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​.

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

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, 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​​.

Categories: Wildlife; Policy and Legislation; Natural environment; Livestock; Information for Bass Strait Islands; Pasture; Invasive Species;

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