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Subscribing to get DPIPWE’s Biosecurity 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 Advisory 13/2018 - Timely reminder about Acute Bovine Liver Disease

​Dairy farmers are being encouraged to be vigilant and informed about an environmental disease that can affect cattle.​

The reminder comes as Biosecurity Tasmania confirmed a case of Acute Bovine Liver Disease (ABLD) on a property in the Derwent Valley. 

Acute Bovine Liver Disease is a toxic disease of the liver of beef and dairy cattle. It occurs sporadically throughout Tasmania with previously recorded cases in the northern midlands, the Derwent Valley and the Copping area. 

ABLD is an environmental disease and is not infectious. Like other photosensitivity conditions, it is believed ABLD is due to a toxin or toxin combination produced by a specific type of pasture fungi. The risk is often not farm-wide but rather associated with specific paddocks or areas within a paddock.

There is no specific treatment for ABLD, however moving the affected cattle away from the pasture where the disease was first observed and providing shade, easy access to water and other supportive treatments assists in recovery which can take many weeks. Deaths from secondary issues are common.

Autumn conditions particularly where there is intermittent warmth and cooling and the odd shower is historically associated with the occurrence of photosensitivity syndromes including ABLD. 

The cause of ABLD is unknown although the presence of rough dog’s tail grass (Cynosurus echinatus) and Drechslera spp. fungi in the pasture system is frequently associated with the disease. 

Biosecurity Tasmania thanks the examining veterinarian and farm manager for their cooperation. 

Further information is also available from the Department’s Livestock Officers by contacting 1300 368 550

Categories: Cropping; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation;

Biosecurity Advisory 12/2018 - Public comment invited on a proposal to import African painted dog into Tasmania

​Public comment is invited on a proposal to import the African Painted Dog into Tasmania. The Wildlife Management Branch received a resubmission of the African painted dog (Lycaon pictus) species profile for reconsideration to import into Tasmania.  The new version clarifies and provides additional information in relation to the species risk and status. Included is a letter of support from the Zoo and Aquarium Association, confirming how the proposed collaboration of holding a small group of non-breeding animals will benefit the Population Management Program for this endangered species.

Public comments are invited by 27 March 2018
Details of the risk assessment is available for viewing on the DPIPWE website at:​

Categories: Invasive Species; Wildlife; Natural environment; Policy and Legislation; Livestock;

Biosecurity Advisory 11/2018 - Notice of change Import Requirement 2 - Fruit fly host produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide

​Biosecurity Tasmania wish to advise that existing Import Requirement 2 in relation to fruit fly host product entering Tasmania has been modified to ensure risk produce is fumigated at a higher temperature.
This is being implemented as  a precautionary measure in a bid to further mitigate risk under current unusual Queensland fruit fly pressure.
This requirement along with others related to fruit fly risk mitigation will continue to be reviewed as per routine practice to ensure requirements are appropriate to the risk.
The revised Import Requirement 2 - Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide is effective as of 2 March 2018
Details can be found at

Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Policy and Legislation; Seeds;

Biosecurity Advisory 10/2018 - Fruit fly Update - Fruit recall

​Fruit Fly Update 22 Feb 2018

A suspension on produce imported from a Melbourne-based fruit and vegetable treatment facility will remain in place until Biosecurity Tasmania is satisfied that any identified concerns are addressed.

Biosecurity Tasmania staff are working with their Victorian counterparts to investigate the process undertaken at the treatment facility.

The facility is one of three major Melbourne-based facilities accredited for fruit fly treatment prior to export to Tasmanian markets.

No concerns have been identified for produce coming through the other two facilities and this will continue to be available in supermarkets.

Inspection is a routine part of Biosecurity Tasmania measures and surveillance of all fruit fly host produce has been increased during the current investigation.

Imports from the supplier of the identified produce also have been suspended until fruit fly freedom can again be demonstrated or that produce has been appropriately treated for fruit fly.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is continuing discussions with its Federal counterparts as well as other States to identify any further actions that may be required.

The Tasmanian community, including retailers, has been praised for its quick response to the suspension and recall of host produce.

Reports of fruit fly can be made by contacting Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.

Further information about fruit fly can be found on the DPIPWE website

Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Policy and Legislation;

Biosecurity Advisory 9/2018 - Queensland Fruit Fly Update

​Control, surveillance and eradication activities are continuing at and around three sites on Flinders Island and one site near Spreyton in north west Tasmania where fruit fly larvae were detected in apricots grown in backyard gardens last month.

At this stage no further larvae have been detected at sites outside the four already confirmed.

As part of surveillance operations, trap sites have been established around a 1.5km radius from the four sites where larvae were detected. These are in addition to already established surveillance traps used as part of Tasmania’s fruit fly free monitoring.

Since the original detection in January, monitoring of all the surveillance sites has identified a total of 18 adult fruit flies within the control areas that have been established around the sites on Flinders Island and near Spreyton.

This total consists of 1 male fruit fly previously detected near the Spreyton site, and yesterday two further male fruit flies were detected in surveillance traps inside the Control area.

On Flinders Island a total of 15 adult fruit flies have been detected since the original larvae detection on the island.   

The detections of further adults does not change the response already in place within the control area at this stage.

An established surveillance, control and eradication program is in place within the control area that has been identified.

These detections highlight the importance of the response and measures in place. It gives Biosecurity Tasmania the information to know that while we are detecting adults we must continue to target these areas.  Biosecurity Tasmania will be intensifying trapping around this site as part of ensuring that we do identify and eradicate any active fruit fly within these areas.   

If any changes are required to the response measures in place industry and the community will be kept informed.

Fruit fly traps maintained as part of an ongoing Statewide surveillance program have not detected any adult flies outside the current control areas.

The importance of the work underway has been greatly supported by an incredibly vigilant industry and general community and we are encouraging everyone to continue to remain vigilant and assist in the work underway. The fruit fly report number is 6165 3774

We are continuing to work closely with Fruit Growers Tasmania as part of keeping industry informed and identifying how we can continue to support them.

Further information about fruit fly can be found at

Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Policy and Legislation;

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