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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 24/2016 - 2017 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open

​Nominations for the 2017 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open to individuals, groups and organisations whose contribution to our national biosecurity system goes above and beyond the call of duty. ​

The Australian Biosecurity Awards recognise businesses, industry and government organisations, teams and individuals that:
  • Design, implement and/or lead biosecurity reform initiatives within their organisation and/or industry sector to support Australia’s biosecurity integrity.
  • Demonstrate significant biosecurity integrity and raise biosecurity awareness within their operations and/or industry sector.
  • Collaboratively work with the department to manage biosecurity risk.
  • Identify, report and/or lead the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion. 
  • Report suspicious activities that may be of biosecurity concern.
  • Make an outstanding contribution to protecting or maintaining animal or plant health.
  • Raise awareness of Australia’s biosecurity requirements offshore.
There are three Australian Biosecurity Awards award categories: 
  • Australian Biosecurity Award – Industry
  • Australian Biosecurity Award – Government
  • David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nominations opened on Monday 19 September and will close Monday 31 October 2016.

For more information on the Australian Biosecurity Awards, including the nomination form, visit​

Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Timber imports; Wildlife;

Biosecurity Advisory 23/2016 - Amendments to Import Requirement 2 Methyl Bromide Fumigation Schedule

Amendments to Import Requirement 2 Methyl Bromide Fumigation Schedule

Please note that new amendments have been made to the methyl bromide (MBr) fumigation schedule tabled in Import Requirement 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania, effective from next Wednesday, 21 September 2016.
Import Requirement 2 is an import standard for Fruit Fly Host Produce at potential risk of infection, that has been disinfested with methyl bromide fumigant.
Due to recent detections by interstate authorities of viable fruit fly larva in methyl bromide treated fruit imported into their state, rates of fumigant treatment will soon only apply to options greater than 16°C for fruit pulp core temperature to ensure complete disinfestation has taken place of any contaminant larvae.
The Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA) is currently reviewing scientific data on which fumigation treatment schedules are based with particular reference to low temperatures. This will inform future decisions by various jurisdictions on entry requirements for various fruits. In the meantime, in a precautionary measure Tasmania is limiting use of fumigation to temperatures greater than 15.9°C for all fruits.
Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-04 (Fumigating with Methyl Bromide) will continue to satisfy Import Requirement 2, provided that fumigation was performed according to provisions for fumigation at applicable rates for temperatures of 16°C or greater, and such details are recorded on the fumigation certification.

Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Timber imports;

Biosecurity Advisory 22/2016 - 2016 Plant Biosecurity Forum - Biosecurity Matters 12 Oct 2016

2016 Plant Biosecurity Forum – Biosecurity Matters

Biosecurity Tasmania will be holding its 2nd Plant Biosecurity Forum – Biosecurity Matters, 12 October 2016 at The Country Club Villas, 10 Casino Rise, Prospect Vale, Launceston. 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
This year we will be featuring speakers from Biosecurity Tasmania, NRM South, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens,  Nursery and Garden Industry Australia and Dept. Agriculture and Water Resources (Commonwealth).
A facilitated open forum will be held in the afternoon which will provide an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on plant biosecurity in Tasmania.

Please RSVP attendance by 4 Oct 16 to
Lynn Broos – 6421 7630
Or email

Categories: Gene technology; Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Timber imports;

Biosecurity Advisory 21/2016 - Public comment invited on proposal to import pygmy marmoset into Tasmania.

​​New Species Profile for Public Comment Pygmy marmoset (Callithrix pygmaea)     

Public comments are invited by 27 September 2016

The pygmy marmoset (Callithrix pygmaea) is the smallest New World primate, weighing a mere 120 grams on average, and measuring on average, 136 millimetres. Males and females are very similar in size, with the females weighing approximately 12 percent heavier.

This tiny monkey is found within several neotropical countries of South America, inhabiting the riparian forests of the Upper Amazon basin, along lakes and rivers in the eastern lowlands of Ecuador. The countries where this species is found include Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, and Bolivia.

The pygmy marmoset is classified as, 'least concern' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, as they are still common in the wild.

The pygmy marmoset is listed under 'Appendix II' of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and listed as a species 'suitable for live import with an import permit' issued under The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).​

The species profile and background information for the risk assessment process is available for viewing on the DPIPWE website at:

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

Biosecurity Advisory 20/2016 - Recommencement of restricted Strawberry fruit trade from Western Australia

Recommencement of Restricted Strawberry Fruit Trade from Western Australia
Biosecurity Tasmania advises that new, temporary import requirements have been imposed on the trade of Western Australian strawberry fruit as a vector of Green Snail (Cornu apertus (Born) (syn. Cantareus apertus (Born), Helix aperta (Born)).  

As a result, strawberries from properties more than two kilometres from a Green Snail infestation in Western Australia can once again be imported into Tasmania in accordance with a series of import conditions, including that properties must be inspected free of the pest by an approved person on a monthly basis.  Strawberry fruit from Western Australian properties within two kilometres of a Green Snail infestation will still not be accepted for the time being.

Biosecurity Tasmania continues to work with our Western Australian counterparts on this matter.

For any further enquiries, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania directly on (03) 6165 3777.

We ask everyone to please remain vigilant for the presence of any Green Snails when purchasing strawberry punnets from Western Australia and immediately report any snail finds to Biosecurity Tasmania. Please do not release the snails into the waste stream or environment.

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

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