Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisories
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
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.
Tasmania is Queensland fruit fly free – please help us keep it that way!
Biosecurity Tasmania is asking all Tasmanians to be vigilant for anything unusual in fruit with the summer months being the peak times for fruit fly activity on mainland Australia, and a time of increased risk for Tasmania.
(18/1/2021)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;
The Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) outlines specific Tasmanian import requirements for given plants, plant products or other prescribed matter authorised by the Plant Quarantine Act 1997.
(6/1/2021)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 Tasmania wishes everyone a joyful Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.
(23/12/2020)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;
(21/12/2020)Categories: Gene technology; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Wildlife; Policy and Legislation;
RELEASE OF THE PLANT BIOSECURITY MANUAL TASMANIA 2021 EDITIONBiosecurity Tasmania advises that the 2021 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) has been released.An updated edition of the PBMTas is released each year to help importers, exporters and the broader public understand the current requirements for the import and export of plants, plant products, and other prescribed matter authorised by the Plant Quarantine Act 1997.The 2021 edition incorporates several changes to import requirements including:
Some of the above changes occurred and were advised during 2020 and are now incorporated into the 2021 edition. Additionally, new pre-entry conditions apply for importers wishing to import mushroom kits for human consumption, along with further clarification on requirements for produce handling in transit (in non-secure conditions) for fruit fly host prescribed matter (Schedule 1B).A more comprehensive list of all changes can be found in the section 68 notice at the front of the PBMTas 2021 edition.A PDF version of the PBMTas 2021 edition can be downloaded from here
(16/12/2020)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Natural environment;
(10/12/2020)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;
Upcoming Changes to Import Requirement 36 - Small Weight Seed Imports
The Small Weight Seed Import on Arrival Inspection option as an import method in Import Requirement 36 (IR36 – Section b) will cease with the publication of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmanian 2021 (on 16 December 2020). Small weight seed lots refers to seed lots of 1kg or less.
IR36 allows Approved Suppliers and Registered Importers to import small seed lots into Tasmania without a Statement of Seed Analysis. Currently, as an alternative to importing from an Approved Supplier or as a Registered Importer, small weight seed lots can be inspected upon arrival and cleared for entry.
From 16 December 2020, individuals and businesses wishing to import small weight seed lots into Tasmania without a Statement of Seed Analysis will need to be registered on the Approved Suppliers List OR become a Registered Importer OR purchase seed from a Registered Supplier.
If you are ordering seed from a supplier outside of Tasmania and are not a Registered Importer, please first check with your supplier or contact Biosecurity Tasmania to confirm whether they are approved before arranging the shipment.
All businesses and individuals on the Tasmanian Approved Suppliers List and Tasmanian Registered Seed Importers Register have been assigned a registration number. Registration numbers are now required to be recorded on the Notice of Intention (NoI) to Import Grain/Seed form at the time of submission. If you are registered but are unsure of your registration number, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania.
The NoI has been updated to allow recording of the registration number and to reflect weight of seed rather than quantity.
Any imported small seed lots that do not meet the import requirements will be held for potential re-export or destruction.
Current NoI forms are on the Biosecurity Tasmania Website: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity/biosecurity-forms
For information on becoming an Approved Supplier or Registered Importer please visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/plant-biosecurity/small-weight-seed-imports
For more information, contact Biosecurity Tasmania via phone: 03 6165 3777, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(7/12/2020)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Pasture; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds;
Second Round of Public Consultation - Draft Routine Import Risk Analysis for Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid (PSTVd)Draft Routine Import Risk Analysis for Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid (PSTVd). A second round of public consultation has commenced to provide all stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on a draft Import Risk Assessment (IRA) for PSTVd. PSTVd has not been detected in Tasmania, however, has become established in parts of mainland Australia and is considered not eradicable. This change of status nationally means that Tasmania needs to risk assess this pest and determine if it requires reclassification as a Regulated Quarantine Pest (RQP). This second round of public consultation provides opportunity to closely scrutinise the pathway of import concern focused exclusively on the risk posed by potato tubers for propagation, processing or consumption. During the first consultation round, this specific pathway had been included within a broader pathway analysis focused on the risk posed by imports of a number of Solanaceous fruits and vegetables that can serve as hosts for the disease, such as tomato, peppers, and potato.The IRA has identified that PSTVd must remain a List A RQP of concern to Tasmania, and that regulatory controls to combat the disease threat are best introduced through an existing Import Requirement (IR) 9 for potato, in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.This Import Risk Analysis (IRA) has been undertaken as part of Biosecurity Tasmania’s plant biosecurity risk analysis program, where it identifies and reviews pest risks that may present a threat to the State in association with the daily trade of goods, services and movement of people. These IRA reporting processes are consistent with national and international guidelines. The draft report can be downloaded from here Import Risk Analysis for Public Consultation
Comments can be provided to Biosecurity.email@example.com
by close of business on 29 January 2021.For further information on this IRA please contact Biosecurity Tasmania via email at Biosecurity.firstname.lastname@example.org
(2/12/2020)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;
Amendments to Import Requirement (IR) 22 – Lupin Anthracnose Disease - Hosts and Vectors, will come into effect from 14 December 2020.
Import requirements in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the regulations remain relevant to current circumstances in trade, and any identified pest risk.Following an internal review of IR 22, the regulatory changes were declared in a public notice published on 28 September 2020.Lupin anthracnose (Colletotrichum lupini) is present in almost every country that lupins are grown. The disease was first detected in commercial crops in Western Australia (WA) in 1996 and is also present in South Australia. The disease has been successfully eradicated from NSW production areas as formally declared in August 2019 (NSW DPI 2019). The disease is not present in Tasmania. A risk analysis review of the pest has identified that the disease should remain a List A Regulated Quarantine Pest for Tasmania. IR22 has been revised to focus on regulatory measures regarding pest area freedom interstate, and the risk lupin seed presents in trade as a contaminant seed in bulk grain imports. Lupin anthracnose is an important seedborne disease of lupins, causing major crop damage and yield losses. There are no seed treatments currently available that are 100% effective in eliminating the disease from infected seed, nor are there any pesticide treatment measures currently approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for treatment of seed. Consequently, any pesticidal regulatory control options previously held in IR22 are no longer permitted in the new IR. The revised IR is available on the Biosecurity Tasmania website. For more information contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 or email: Biosecurity.Tasmania@dpipwe,tas.gov.au
(25/11/2020)Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation;
Christmas fast approaches. It's timely that you now remind interstate and overseas family and friends that there are certain things that cannot be sent to, or imported into, Tasmania. Broadly, those restricted items include fruit and vegetables, seafood and some animal products, plant products, soil and seeds – but there are more.
To ensure that restricted items do not enter the state via the post, Biosecurity Tasmania uses a range of methods, including detector dogs and x-ray machines, to screen incoming packages.
We encourage everyone to always check what can and can't be mailed, or brought to Tasmania when visiting. This webpage gives you a quick overview of the types of items that can and cannot be sent. www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/travellersguide
Help your friends and family avoid receiving an infringement notice by asking them to check before they send.
Checking first will help protect our beautiful island from gift wrapped, yet potentially harmful pests and diseases that may hitchhike into Tasmania. Please help us protect Tasmania from introduced pests, weeds and diseases by passing on this important reminder to your interstate and overseas friends and family members.
For more information, visit www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity, call 03 6165 3777, or email Biosecurity.Tasmania@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
(23/11/2020)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;