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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 27/2016 - Biosecurity legislative framework released for public comment

Biosecurity legislative framework released for public comment

A modern biosecurity legislative framework is integral to growing Tasmania's world-class primary industries while protecting our natural environment.

The Tasmanian Government today released Future Direction for a New Contemporary Biosecurity Legislative Framework​  which outlines the elements of a proposed new Biosecurity Act.

This single contemporary Biosecurity Act will replace seven existing Acts and provide an efficient and effective way to regulate biosecurity into the future.

Good biosecurity is about protecting our community, economy, industries and environment from the negative impacts of pest and disease.

Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility and the proposed new legislation reflects this principle.

This new Act is a critical part of ensuring our biosecurity system reflects the 21st century global marketplace with increasing trade and visitors to our state and the changing nature of biosecurity risks to Tasmania.

The Future Directions statement is open for comment until December 23, 2016, and there will also be wide consultation when the draft legislation is released early in 2017. This follows the community consultation process on a Position Paper held earlier this year.

The new Act will replace the Plant Quarantine Act 1997, Animal Health Act 1995, Seeds Act 1985, Weed Management Act 1999, Vermin Control Act 2000, Animal (Brands and Movement) Act 1984, and Animal Farming (Registration) Act 1994.​

You are encouraged to visit Biosecurity Tasmania’s web site​ to read the Future Direction for a New Contemporary Biosecurity Legislative Framework document and provide feedback.​

(29/11/2016)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 26/2016 - Revocation of changes to Import Requirement 2

Revocation of changes to Import Requirement 2: Fruit Fly Host Produce – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide

After further consultation with stakeholders, Biosecurity Tasmania has revoked amendments to Import Requirement 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania that would have required fruit fly host produce to be fumigated at higher fruit core temperatures (a minimum of 16ᵒC).

The amendment which was declared on 13 September 2016 and due to come into operation on 8 October 2016 will not be enforced.  Instead, Import Requirement 2 will continue to operate as is specified in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania with two pre-existing lower fruit core temperature ranges remaining available for fumigation.  Businesses can continue to operate under Import Requirement 2 or ICA-04 as usual for fruit fly host produce for Tasmania.

Biosecurity Tasmania will continue to monitor fruit imports for evidence of fumigation failures. Import Requirement 2 will be reviewed again once a national scientific working group has completed their investigation into fumigation failures and released their findings.

(7/10/2016)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Policy and Legislation;


Biosecurity Advisory 25/2016 - Updated import conditions for WA Strawberry fruit trade

Updated import conditions for WA Strawberry fruit trade

Biosecurity Tasmania advises that updated import conditions 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)).  

The new conditions facilitates trade of strawberry fruit from all properties free of green snail and recognises property-level accreditations and GSL codes as specified. Properties within two kilometres of a known Green Snail infestation must have been inspected and found free of Green Snail within a month of any strawberry fruit consigned to Tasmania. Inspection of properties is not required between December and March when the snails retreat underground.
Strawberry fruit from Western Australian properties found infested with Green Snail will still not be accepted.
Import conditions on other hosts and vectors of Green Snail from WA continue to apply pursuant to Import Requirement 25 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (Ed. 2016).  GSL codes cannot be used for certification purposes under this Import Requirement.

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.

(7/10/2016)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Pasture; Policy and Legislation;


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 www.agriculture.gov.au/aba​

(21/9/2016)
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.

(15/9/2016)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Natural environment; Pasture; Policy and Legislation; Timber imports;

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