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;
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;
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(22/1/2024)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;
(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;
(11/12/2023)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
On Wednesday 6 December, Hon Jo Palmer MLC, Minister for Primary Industries and Water announced the winners of the inaugural Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards.
The Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards were developed to honour individuals within industries and communities that have made a significant contribution to the state's biosecurity. There are two categories for the awards, the Tasmanian Community Biosecurity Award and the Tasmanian Industry Biosecurity Award.
Robyn Lewis was the winner of the Tasmanian Community Biosecurity Award for her significant involvement in the management and conservation of the Milford Forest. Robyn has been involved in the management and conservation of the Milford Forest for many years, and has successfully implemented very strong biosecurity measures on the property.
Nic Hansen was the winner of the Tasmanian Industry Biosecurity Award for his avid support of the development and improvement of biosecurity in Tasmania. Nic Hansen has worked closely with Horticulture Australia and the National Fruit Fly Council on biosecurity matters and regulation as well as being involved in the 2018 fruit fly emergency response in Tasmania.
Other nominees of the awards included forensic biologist and beekeeper Charles Connor, Just Cats Inc. a community-oriented organisation supporting cat and kitten welfare, Bill Oosting who has been in the Tasmanian beekeeping community for over 50 years and Michael Rocca who provides significant support to the Northwest Beekeeping Association while also managing his own apiary.
You can read more about the inaugural Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards and our 2023 award winners at www.nre.tas.gov.au/tasbiosecurityawards.
(8/12/2023)Categories: Gene technology; Cropping; Freshwater pests; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;
With no new small hive beetle detections, effective from 12:00pm Wednesday 29 November the East Devonport Bee Movement Restriction Area (BMRA) will be further reduced from a radius of 5km to 1.5km from the original detection site. View the 1.5km BMRA on the Bee Movement Restriction Area interactive map
If you are in the 1.5km – 5km area, restrictions no longer apply. Please contact Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777 to arrange for protective tape and traps to be removed from your hives.
Also effective from Wednesday 29 November, Biosecurity Tasmania is lifting the moratorium on the opening of beehives and the harvest of honey and honeycomb within the BMRA.
If you are in the 1.5km BMRA you can now open your hives for management and the collection of honey, honeycomb or wax. However, any beekeeping equipment and hive components must be sourced from your property as movement restrictions are still in place. Please contact Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777 to arrange for protective tape to be removed from your hives. Biosecurity Tasmania will be conducting two further inspections, one in January and one in March.
Reminder: Movement restrictions remain in place within the BMRA. Beekeepers must not move bees, beehives, captured swarms, nucleus colonies, honey, honeycomb, wax or used beekeeping equipment in, out or within the BMRA.
The capture of swarms is supported by Biosecurity Tasmania, however if you are within the BMRA some restrictions apply and you must first obtain a permit. This process will allow Biosecurity Tasmania officers to record the location of the swarm and the intended destination and enable officers to inspect the remaining hive for any traces of small hive beetle.
If you are within the 1.5km BMRA and believe you must move your bees, hives or equipment for any reason, or to apply for a permit for the capture of swarms, please call Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777.
It is vital that every beekeeper across the state is registered as registration is one of our most powerful tools to protect against pests and diseases that threaten our bee population. Registration is free and compulsory. For more information or to register, visit www.nre.tas.gov.au/beekeeper-registration
For more information on small hive beetle and to access an information sheet, please visit www.nre.tas.gov.au/SHB or call 6165 3777.
(29/11/2023)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Pasture; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife; Invasive Species;