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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 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;


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:  https://animalhealthaustralia.com.au/liaison-livestock-industry-role/?fbclid=IwAR3WICznV6pOFd1fIizHm2HKuwlKcHbzRp9GZqdNop1I-JcLy1h-epSSb-Y 


(12/2/2024)
Categories: Freshwater pests; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Wildlife;


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: https://nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity-basics 

You can also view the Biosecurity Basics video series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_LeRPTlTNWiPWKlbJdaubnfNVHh4xYri​

(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;


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 www.nre.tas.gov.au/SHB​ 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.


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(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


Biosecurity Advisory 47/2023 - 2023 Tasmanian Biosecurity Awards winners announced

​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;


Biosecurity Advisory 46/2023 – East Devonport Bee Movement Restriction Area reduced to 1.5km

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;


Biosecurity Advisory 45/2023 – *RE-ISSUED with updated link - BeeTAS is NOW LIVE!

​Biosecurity Tasmania is thrilled to announce that BeeTAS, a new online beekeeper registration portal, is now LIVE. BeeTAS can be accessed at www.nre.tas.gov.au/beekeeper-registration

Beekeepers can now log into BeeTAS to:    

  • register or renew their registration
  • maintain their apiary site information 
  • record inspection details, record hive purchases, disposals and hive movements
  • upload training certification and laboratory results

If you have registered as a beekeeper in Tasmania since December 2022, your information will be automatically carried across to the BeeTAS online portal. You will be able to log into BeeTAS using the email you provided when you first registered. If you have not re-registered since December 2022, you can now easily do so with BeeTAS!​​

If you require further assistance with registration, have limited online access or have any other BeeTAS queries, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania at honeybee.biosecurity@nre.tas.gov.au​. ​​

(16/11/2023)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 45/2023 – BeeTAS is NOW LIVE!

​Biosecurity Tasmania is thrilled to announce that BeeTAS, a new online beekeeper registration portal, is now LIVE. BeeTAS can be accessed at biosecurityportal.tas.gov.au/​  

Beekeepers can now log into BeeTAS to:    

  • register or renew their registration
  • maintain their apiary site information 
  • record inspection details, record hive purchases, disposals and hive movements
  • upload training certification and laboratory results

If you have registered as a beekeeper in Tasmania since December 2022, your information will be automatically carried across to the BeeTAS online portal. You will be able to log into BeeTAS using the email you provided when you first registered. If you have not re-registered since December 2022, you can now easily do so with BeeTAS!​​

If you require further assistance with registration, have limited online access or have any other BeeTAS queries, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania at honeybee.biosecurity@nre.tas.gov.au​. ​


(16/11/2023)
Categories: Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Cropping; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 43/2023 - Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy 2023-2027

​​​Biosecurity Tasmania is excited to announce the release of the Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy 2023-2027. The strategy has been developed following a round of public consultation in late-2022, with the review process guided by the Biosecurity Advisory Council (as appointed under the Biosecurity Act 2019).

The Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy is the high-level document that sets the overall direction for biosecurity management in Tasmania by Government, industry and the community. The strategy will help to support a robust and effective Tasmanian biosecurity system where everybody understands, supports, and actions sound biosecurity practices to protect their communities, the environment, and the economy from unwanted pests and diseases.

You can find more information and view the Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy 2023-2027 at www.nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-strategy.

(10/11/2023)
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;


Biosecurity Advisory 42/2023 – Introducing BeeTAS!

​Over the coming weeks, Biosecurity Tasmania will be launching a new online portal to assist beekeepers with managing their beekeeper registration.

BeeTAS will greatly increase Biosecurity Tasmania’s emergency preparedness and ability to respond to exotic honeybee pests and diseases. The easy-to-use BeeTAS system will enhance Biosecurity Tasmania’s ability to efficiently share information with registered Tasmanian beekeepers.

BeeTAS will make registering as a beekeeper and renewing your registration quicker and easier. BeeTAS will serve as a useful tool for beekeepers to record inspection details, pest and disease testing, bee or equipment movements, and the completion of biosecurity training. This helps Tasmanian beekeepers to meet their requirements under the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice

BeeTAS is a secure platform, hosted on data-protected servers according to Tasmanian Government cyber-security policies. 

Our current online registration form closed on the 7 November to allow time to setup BeeTAS. If you wish to register as a beekeeper from 7 November, please be patient while this occurs. We will let everyone know when BeeTAS is up and running.

If you have registered as a beekeeper in Tasmania since December 2022, your information will be automatically carried across to BeeTAS. You will be able to log into BeeTAS using the email you provided when you first registered. If you have not re-registered since December 2022, you can now easily do so with BeeTAS!

For more information please visit our beekeeper registration webpage​.​


(9/11/2023)
Categories: Horticulture; Invasive Species; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Wildlife; Natural environment;

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