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.
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(1/2/2023)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;
Tasmania is fruit fly free – you can help us keep it that way!
If you are travelling to Tasmania, then you have an important role to play in helping to protect the state. You can help protect Tasmania by ensuring that when you visit, you are not carrying or importing restricted items.
Good biosecurity is a shared responsibility, and we all have a General Biosecurity Duty to help reduce the biosecurity risk for Tasmania.
DO NOT BRING fruit and vegetables, seafood and some animal products, plant material, soil and seeds and DISPOSE of these items in the amnesty bins provided at points of entry or DECLARE them to a Biosecurity Tasmania Officer.
More information on fruit fly is at www.nre.tas.gov.au/fruitfly
CHANGES to the Animal Welfare (Land Transport of Livestock) Regulations 2013 have been made and are now in effect.
If you are planning on transporting horses over the Bass Strait, then it is essential that you familiarise yourself with the amended regulations which include:
Additional to the above regulations, horse vehicles (including 2-horse floats) have ventilation opening requirements for the 12-hour Bass Strait crossing which are:
TT Line may also have further requirements for horse transportation that you will receive at your time of booking. It is important that you are able to meet these requirements PRIOR to commencing your journey. Failure to do so will result in your vehicle being turned away.
For more information on transporting horses, please visit Animal Welfare (Land Transport of Livestock) Regulations 2013 and Animal Welfare Guidelines - Land Transport of Livestock.
(13/1/2023)Categories: Policy and Legislation; Livestock; Pasture; Cropping; Timber imports; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Marine pests; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Seeds; Wildlife;
Biosecurity Tasmania is asking all Tasmanians to be vigilant for anything unusual in fruit, with the spring and summer months being the peak times for fruit fly activity on mainland Australia and a time of increased risk for Tasmania.
Biosecurity Tasmania has strict controls in place to reduce the risk of fruit fly getting into Tasmania, and ongoing statewide surveillance to provide an early warning of a potential incursion however, we are also asking everybody to remain vigilant for, and report any signs of fruit fly.
Tell-tale signs of fruit fly include live larvae or eggs in the flesh of the fruit or small puncture marks on the skin of the fruit. Fruit fly larvae look similar to blowfly maggots and could potentially be found in fruit that you 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 the fruit fly risk and there are increased resources and inspections taking place at the border for imported fruit fly host produce, however the risk to Tasmania can never be zero. Therefore industry, government and the community are encouraged 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. More information on fruit fly is at
(5/1/2023)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;
Tasmania’s existing bee-related import restrictions have been extended in light of the ongoing emergency varroa mite response in NSW. As an additional precautionary measure to further protect Tasmania from the potential introduction of varroa mite (varroa destructor), the Tasmanian Chief Plant Protection Officer has extended a General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency) that puts in place a prohibition on the importation of European honeybees (including queen bees) and various apiary products (including used beekeeping equipment) into Tasmania.
This Direction continues existing requirements, extending these for six months from 5pm on Friday 6 January 2023, unless it is revoked earlier. The Direction prohibits the import into Tasmania of any:(a) European honey bee (Apis mellifera); or(b) 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(c) any used beekeeping equipment; or(d) any other thing that may reasonably be suspected of being a carrier of bees, or any pest or disease that may affect bees.
Biosecurity Tasmania investigates suspected breaches and non-compliance with Import Requirements and Biosecurity Directions. Heavy penalties apply for non-compliance which may result in monetary penalties or prosecution. A copy of the General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency) can be found at www.nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity/importing-animals/animals-that-can-be-imported-with-entry-requirements/bees.
Biosecurity Tasmania understands that a potential longer-term restriction on queen bee importation will impact Tasmanian businesses and Biosecurity Tasmania will work closely with the Tasmanian industry to ensure alternative options are explored. If you require further information, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you see anything suspicious in your bee colonies, immediately call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 or call Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 or email email@example.com.
More information about Varroa mite and the General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency) can be found on our webpage at www.nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/animal-health/bees/varroa-mite.
Further updates on the NSW DPI emergency response can be found on their webpage at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/emergencies/biosecurity/current-situation/varroa-mite-emergency-response.
(4/1/2023)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;
Australia is currently free of foot-and-mouth disease and lumpy skin disease, and with your help we can keep it that way!
Biosecurity is a shared responsibility, so if you’re going away to, or have family and friends visiting from, an area affected by foot-and-mouth disease, like Indonesia/Bali, it is your responsibility to help protect Tasmania and mainland Australia by knowing and practicing biosecurity basics.
An important Biosecurity Basic that will help stop the introduction of diseases like foot-and-mouth disease is COME IN CLEAN. Foot-and-mouth disease can live for extended periods on clothing, shoes and equipment, so it is important travellers clean these items before they travel back to Australia, and then home to Tasmania.
The cleaning of your clothing, shoes, and equipment before departing Indonesia is particularly important if you have been on any farms, have gone hiking or hunting, visited any markets or zoos or have been in any rural areas in Indonesia.
Shoes and boots are potentially primary carriers of disease agents like the foot-and-mouth disease virus. Shake/scrape shoes and boots to remove loose contamination such as soil and manure. You should thoroughly wash soles, laces, velcro and external surfaces using soap/detergent, water and a brush. Dry them well and double check all traces of contamination have been removed. Repeat the procedure if ANY contamination remains visible.
If it is not possible to clean your clothing and equipment before returning – consider leaving those items behind.
On arrival back into Tasmania, remember to present yourself to a Biosecurity Officer and declare that you have travelled from Indonesia/Bali - even if you have been through border security or quarantine on the mainland! Do not enter livestock areas in Tasmania for seven days after returning.
We all have a General Biosecurity Duty to help protect Tasmania from the harmful impacts of pest, weeds and diseases.
Find out more about foot-and-mouth disease on the Biosecurity Tasmania website: www.nre.tas.gov.au/FMD
The Biosecurity Basics are simple, practical actions and measures that you can take to help protect Tasmania – find out more on the Biosecurity Tasmania website: www.nre.tas.gov.au/biosecuritybasics
(3/1/2023)Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife;
Requirements for the transport of horses have been advised in the Tasmanian Government Gazette and can be viewed in the Animal Welfare (Land Transport of Livestock) Regulations 2013.
These requirements must be met or horse vehicles will be turned away. Check your ability to meet these requirements before departing from your home property.
The owner and/or driver of the horse transport vehicle is primarily responsible for assessing the fitness of the horses and compliance with transport welfare regulations to undertake the journey and must declare in writing that horses are fit to travel in accordance with the regulations.
You can read more about these regulations and supplementary guidelines online at www.nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity/importing-animals.
(23/12/2022)Categories: Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife; Gene technology; Cropping;
With the holiday season just around the corner, meal preparation may have already started for some families! As happens sometimes, you might end up cooking too much food and have some leftovers from your celebrations! It can be tempting to feed left over food to your pets or livestock, but it is important to understand your General Biosecurity Duty (GBD) before doing so.
When feeding animals, you must be aware that there are restrictions placed on what can or cannot be fed to certain animals. These restrictions help prevent the introduction and spread of serious diseases. Feeding the wrong food to animals can have extreme consequences, particularly if pigs are given prohibited pig feed – which is any food that has meat in it or has been in contact with meat.
Under Australia’s Ruminant Feed Ban, ruminants, including cattle or sheep, must not be permitted to access Restricted Animal Material (RAM), which includes any material originating from a mammal, bird or fish.
Feeding prohibited pig feed to pigs is illegal in Tasmania and all Australian states & territories.
In Tasmania, ‘prohibited pig feed’ is defined in the Biosecurity Regulations 2022 as any animal food or fodder that comprises or has come into contact with meat from a mammal (other than milk or milk by-products from Australia, rendered meat meal or tallow).
The feeding of meat scraps to pigs was one contributing cause for several exotic disease outbreaks, including the FMD outbreaks in the UK in 2001 and the spread of African swine fever throughout Asia in 2020 and 2021.
If you own pigs or know of other pig owners, please ensure that they are not fed anything that contains meat or has been on a plate with meat. People food is not pig food.
(15/12/2022)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 beekeepers are invited to register their beekeeping activities before 31 March 2023, using the online form which can be accessed from this webpage: www.nre.tas.gov.au/beekeeper-registration.
Registration is compulsory for all Tasmanian commercial and recreational beekeepers.
There is no cost to become registered and registration will remain free for the first two years (from 31 March 2023).
There are new conditions associated with registration, meaning any Tasmanian beekeepers currently registered voluntarily with Biosecurity Tasmania will need to re-register using the new online form by 31 March 2023. Until the new registration is received, Biosecurity Tasmania will consider those existing voluntary registrations as meeting the new compulsory requirement. Those beekeepers will be provided with an interim registration certificate.
As part of the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act), beekeeping is now considered a 'regulated dealing' (under Part 5, Division 3, Section 77).
Under the Act, a person must not engage in a regulated dealing unless they are 'registered'.
This requirement has been formalised in new Biosecurity Regulations 2022 which came into effect on 2 November 2022.
Please contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having trouble accessing or using the online form.
(14/12/2022)Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Wildlife; Freshwater pests; Marine pests; Timber imports;
Important updates have recently been made to the Animal Welfare Act 1993 (the Act) to improve and strengthen animal welfare outcomes.
Developed with the RSPCA and key stakeholders, the Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill 2022 (the Bill) received Royal assent on 30 November 2022, which now formalises the inclusion of the amendments into the Act.
(12/12/2022)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;