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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 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;


Biosecurity Advisory 14/2024 - Australia-wide shortage of rabbit biological control agent

​Calicivirus (or Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease) is a biological control agent used to manage wild European rabbit populations. It is transmitted by insects and by direct contact between infected rabbits. Calicivirus is used operationally by Biosecurity Tasmania to help manage wild rabbit populations, with calicivirus releases usually occurring during Autumn when environmental conditions are favourable to the effective use of the virus. Use of the virus is restricted to trained NRE Tas staff, and it is most effective when used in conjunction with other rabbit control methods.

Although environmental conditions are currently suitable for the use of calicivirus, there is an ongoing Australia-wide shortage. The only laboratory able to manufacture calicivirus in Australia is experiencing supply issues and is unable to produce enough virus for jurisdictions across Australia. This supply challenge, coupled with a short shelf life, means Tasmania currently does not have calicivirus for use and a release cannot occur. Tasmania is currently on a list with other jurisdictions waiting for the supply of calicivirus.

This means it is likely that Biosecurity Tasmania will not be able to release calicivirus in Tasmania until the beginning of 2025, when environmental conditions may once again be favourable.

Landowners are responsible for the control of rabbits on their land and there are a variety of control options that landowners can use depending on individual property factors. Landowners can get advice about control techniques from licensed pest controllers and at: https://nre.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/invasive-animals/invasive-mammals/european-rabbits.   

Landowners are encouraged to report rabbit deaths to support our data collection and planning, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 or email invasivespecies@nre.tas.gov.au

One of the alternative methods of rabbit control is the use of Pindone, which is a poison specifically designed for rabbits. Pindone is only suitable for appropriate properties and provides short term benefits. More information can be found at https://nre.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/invasive-animals/invasive-mammals/european-rabbits/pindone or by contacting Game Services Tasmania on 1300 292 292.

A naturally occurring strain of calicivirus exists in Tasmania (as does myxomatosis) and you may notice rabbits dying suddenly as a result. You can support the spread of biological control agents by leaving infected rabbit carcasses where they died and report the details to Biosecurity Tasmania as soon as possible on (03) 6165 3777 or invasivespecies@nre.tas.gov.au.  ​

(10/5/2024)
Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 13/ 2024 - Small hive beetle response a success

​Effective from 22 April 2024, Tasmania’s small hive beetle response activities have ceased. Thanks to the success of the response, the previously declared General Biosecurity Direction (small hive beetle) and the associated Bee Movement Restriction Area (BMRA) have now been revoked.

Following the detection of small hive beetle in the East Devonport area in March 2023, Biosecurity Tasmania responded quickly, working alongside beekeepers, industry and the community to protect the health of Tasmania’s bee population as well as our honey and pollination sectors. 

Extensive surveillance activities, including thousands of beehive and trap inspections, have been ongoing within the BMRA. Biosecurity Tasmania concluded the final round of inspections in March 2024.
 
Biosecurity Tasmania sincerely acknowledges the cooperation from beekeepers, industry and the community during this emergency response.

Small hive beetle is a European honeybee pest that is present in all Australian states except the Northern Territory and Tasmania. All Tasmanian beekeepers are asked to remain vigilant for any signs or pests or disease, and report anything unusual to Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777.

For more information visit www.nre.tas.gov.au/SHB
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(22/4/2024)
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;


Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisory 12/2024 - Restrictions on importing aquatic ‘moss balls’ into Tasmania

‘Marimo’ or ‘moss balls’ (Aegagropila linnaei Kützing) are an aquatic plant usually sold through the aquarium trade as a novelty item for fish tanks or display freshwater ponds.

Moss balls are listed as a prohibited item for import into Tasmania. They can be invasive and present a significant biosecurity threat if they were to establish in Tasmania’s natural freshwater lagoons and highland lake and river ecosystems.  

Particularly concerning is the potential that this organism can carry other very harmful, invasive organisms like didymo (Didymosphenia geminata)​. Also known as rock snot, didymo is also a prohibited import item in Tasmania. 

If you are involved in the aquarium industry as a trader, breeder, retail outlet or hobbyist, you have an important role in preventing the introduction and spread of marine pests in Tasmanian waters. 

Here are some important things to remember about being a responsible aquarium supplies provider or aquarium owner:
  • Check that you are not importing or bringing back into Tasmania prohibited plant or animal species.
  • Never release aquarium fish into any waterways.
  • Do not dispose of aquarium tank water or sick fish into stormwater or street drains.
  • Ensure outdoor fishponds cannot overflow into creeks or into storm water drains.
  • Seek advice on keeping a healthy aquarium and if you suspect a serious disease, contact your veterinarian or Biosecurity Tasmania.
We all have a general biosecurity duty to protect Tasmanian from the adverse impacts of pests, weeds and diseases.
If you are aware of anyone selling ‘marimo’ or ‘moss balls’ in an aquarium shop or who has them already in a fish tank or freshwater pond, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania immediately.

Call Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 or email biosecurity.tasmania@nre.tas.gov.au 

(19/4/2024)
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;


Biosecurity Advisory 10/2024 - Release of 2024 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania

​On 29 March 2024 (Good Friday), Biosecurity Tasmania will release a 2024 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (version 1).

The new edition includes but is not limited to the following revisions:

  • Updates to the general import conditions around alternative treatment standards (see Section 2.8). Now, if importing plants or plant products under an alternative treatment standard, an Individual Permit is required. An Individual Permit is also required for product certified under a Phytosanitary Certificate.
  • To ensure imported tissue cultures meet required standards, commercial facilities must now be endorsed by Biosecurity Tasmania prior to consigning to Tasmania (see Section 2.10). A new application form will be available on the NRE website from 29 March 2024. Non-commercial operators wanting to send tissue culture to Tasmania can apply for an Individual Permit if they meet the import conditions in clause I of Section 2.10.
  • Inclusion of cacao (Theobroma cacao) as a Mediterranean fruit fly host in Schedule 1A of this Manual;
  • Incorporation of recent changes to the schedule of host products that can be treated for Queensland fruit fly with methyl bromide fumigation under Import Requirement (IR) 2. This now excludes mangoes and plums from treatment;
  • An important change to Import Requirement 10 (IR10) relating to the import of grape matter (vines and other products) from States holding Pest Area Freedom certificates for grape phylloxera. For such States, grape matter (of any form) is no longer exempt from the treatment conditions specified in IR10 for grape matter originating from any recognised Phylloxera (management) Exclusion Zone.
  • Minor changes to requirements for the import of animal feed grain (IR 30), and seed for sowing (IR 36) to bring greater clarity on what is and is not accepted as contaminants in those products, and their tolerance limits;
  • The addition of a 24-month validity period for Statement of Seed Analyses in IR36.
  • Seed weighing less than 1kg being imported for the purposes of research or trials, can no longer be imported under the small weight seed imports condition in IR36 and can only be imported with an Individual Permit.
  • Re-inclusion of some requirements in IR46 that were erroneously removed for tomato potato psyllid and the import of any carrier host fresh fruit and vegetables with green material when harvested and packed in the field, and not a packhouse;
  • Removal of the Appendices previously held in this Manual which provided listings of prohibited pests, declared pests, and restricted matter. Such lists can now only be found from a single point of truth – the online Tasmanian Biosecurity Compendium.

You can find the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2023 edition version 2 on our website and the new version from Friday 29 March 2024.

(25/3/2024)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports;


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 www.nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/bios​ecurity/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;

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