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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 09/2024 - Seasonal Biosecurity Compliance Reports

​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:

  • Educational outcomes
  • Cautionary outcomes
  • Application of sanctions such as suspension or cancellation of permits or approvals
  • Biosecurity Detection Notices (BDNs)
  • Prescribed Infringement Notices (PIN)
  • Prosecutions

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​ecurity/seasonal-biosecurity-compliance-report.

The reports will be published quarterly and will be made available on this webpage.​

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 Advisory 08/2024 – Declaration of non-sterile Digitalis species (foxgloves)

​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 (​ and submissions are invited for a period of 60 days and should be received by 5:00pm 21 April 2024. 

For more information visit​ or call (03) 6165 3777. 

Categories: Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Plant pests; Cropping; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Pasture;

Biosecurity Advisory 07/2024 - Amendment of Import Requirement 2 for Mangoes

​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

Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;

Biosecurity Advisory 06/2023 - Animal Health Australia - Liaison-Livestock Industry Training

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: 

Categories: Freshwater pests; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Wildlife;

Biosecurity Advisory 05/24 - Tasmania is fruit fly free, help us keep it that way!

​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

Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;

Biosecurity Advisory 04/2024 - Upcoming Tree Biosecurity Workshops

​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:

  • The importance of biosecurity
  • Signs and symptoms– what do we mean by dieback, cankers or frass and what do they look like?
  • Information about key pest threats - What do they look like? What should you look for?
  • Introduction to MyPestGuide™ Trees and MyPestGuide™ Reporter App
  • How to report suspect exotic pests

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

Rohan Burgess – (Surveillance Manager)

(02) 6215 7700  or

Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Plant pests;

Biosecurity Advisory 02/2023 – Protect your livestock’s health and welfare this summer

​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:

  • Make sure any hay and sileage is stored correctly so it lasts over the summer period.
  • Do you have the appropriate quality and quantity of feed? Plan ahead and conduct regular feed assessments.
  • As feed starts to become scarce, you may turn to alternative feed sources. Remember - never feed cattle (or provide them access to) Restricted Animal Material (RAM). RAM is any animal product (other than milk or milk protein, tallow and gelatin) and can lead to the introduction of serious animal diseases. For example, meat scraps and bakery goods such as meat pies and cheese and bacon rolls, and some types of chicken and pig pellets, cannot be fed to cattle or other ruminant animals. 
  • If you cannot provide sufficient feed, consider selling livestock before their condition deteriorates.


  • Do your livestock have access to sufficient water supplies?
  • Are your pumps working to refill water troughs? Are the troughs clean?
  • Minimise distances that stock need to walk to access water. This may impact their body condition.


  • Do your livestock have sufficient shelter from the sun to reduce heat stress?​

For other resources to support livestock this summer, check out the weblinks below: 

Categories: Invasive Species; Natural environment; Livestock; Cropping; Pasture;

Biosecurity Advisory- 01/2024- Emergency General Biosecurity Direction for European honey bees and associated products- renewal January 2024

​Due to the current situation 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 January 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 as NSW transitions their varroa mite response from eradication to management. 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 on this webpage:

More information about varroa mite can be found on the NRE Tas website:​​​

Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;

Biosecurity Advisory 49/2023 - Biosecurity Basics help protect Tasmania

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 BasicsCome in Clean, Check your Bags, Stay on the Path, and Report anything Unusual! 

A forgotten piece of fruit in your luggage, mud caked on vehicles and equipment, clothing or footwear and recreational equipment that has not been checked and cleaned, can potentially have a serious impact on Tasmania’s primary industries, environment, and our way of life.

The Biosecurity Basics are simple, yet practical actions we can ALL take to help protect Tasmania from the negative impacts of pests, weeds and diseases. 

Check your Bags is an important Biosecurity Basic action. You may not even realise that you are bringing a biosecurity restricted item into the state when you visit or return home. Take a few extra minutes when preparing to travel to Tasmania to ensure you are not bringing fruit and vegetables, some animal and seafood products as well as plants, soil and seeds. 

Many pests can hitchhike their way into Tasmania inside an item in your luggage. For example, the larvae of the tiny but dangerous fruit fly may be lurking in an uneaten apple. Dispose of these items or declare them on arrival. Your actions can help Tasmania remain fruit fly free.

The same applies to buying items online or receiving gifts from friends and family overseas. Be sure to Check your Parcels if ordering goods online. Also let your family and friends know about what they can and can’t send to you in Tasmania​.

Come in Clean is another simple Biosecurity Basic that can help prevent the introduction and spread of harmful pests and diseases.  Mud on your vehicle, caravan or trailer could contain harmful weed seeds or other pathogens. Just as a single drop of water left inside the waders you used while angling in New Zealand could contain didymo. Also known as “rock snot”, didymo is a freshwater algae found in many rivers and streams in NZ and has caused serious damage to our neighbours’ river ecosystems, fish and the pleasures of fly fishing.

If you have visited rural areas or been around farm animals in Indonesia/Bali, you may have come in contact with soil or other organic matter that could contain the foot-and-mouth disease virus. Cleaning your clothing, footwear and any gear (or even leaving some items behind) before you return to Australia is vital to ensuring that our country remains free from this serious animal disease.  

We all have role to play in helping to keep Tasmania free from the many biosecurity threats that are present in other Australian states and territories, and across the globe. We all have a general biosecurity duty​​ to take the necessary actions to protect Tasmania’s biosecurity – in fact, it’s the law!

Get to know ALL the Biosecurity Basics - visit the webpages today to find out more about how you can help protect Tasmania: 

You can also view the Biosecurity Basics video series on YouTube:​

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 Advisory 48/2023 - Permit applications for the small hive beetle response during the holiday period

​A reminder for all beekeepers that movement restrictions remain in place within the 1.5km East Devonport Bee Movement Restriction Area (BMRA) as part of the ongoing small hive beetle response. Beekeepers must not move bees, beehives, captured swarms, nucleus colonies, or used beekeeping equipment in, out or within the BMRA.  

Although beekeepers within the BMRA can now open their hives for management and the collection of honey, honeycomb or wax, permits are still required for the following activities.

Movement of bees, captured swarms or nucleus colonies in, out or within the BMRA.  
Movement of beehives or used beekeeping equipment in, out or within the BMRA.
The capture of swarms within the BMRA

Please note that while the small hive beetle response will continue over the holiday period, the response will have reduced staff capacity between 22 December 2023 and 2 January 2024. This may result in a delay in processing of permit applications received during this time. Please keep this in mind and contact Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777 as soon as possible if you need to apply for a permit during this period.

Please find attached the most recent small hive beetle information sheet for beekeepers. For more information on small hive beetle, please visit​ or call 6165 3777. ​

Biosecurity Tasmania sincerely thanks the beekeeping community for their support during the ongoing small hive beetle response and wishes you all a very happy holiday season.


Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Timber imports; Wildlife;
Attachment: SHB Info sheet_29 November 2023.pdf

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