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Biosecurity Bill 2017: public comment invited on draft legislation (April 2017)
Draft legislation which will provide a sound and flexible framework for the future management of Tasmania’s biosecurity has been released for public comment.
Published: 22/04/2017
Tomato potato psyllid detection in Western Australia - what it means for Tasmania (February 2017)
Tomato potato psyllid was detected in Western Australia at several properties near Perth, in early February 2017. This is the first detection of this pest in Australia.
Published: 20/02/2017
Release of new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus in Tasmania (February 2017)
The national release of a Korean strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5 will commence from the first week of March, 2017. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus is also known as rabbit calicivirus.
Published: 14/02/2017
Russian Wheat Aphid found in Tasmania (January 2017)
Russian wheat aphid, a serious insect pest of wheat, barley and some other cereal crops has been detected near Cressy in Tasmania.
Published: 19/01/2017
Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania - 2017 edition online from 14 December 2016
The 2017 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania will be published on the Biosecurity Tasmania website on 14 December 2016. The manual will only be published online, and will not be available in hard copy format.
Published: 08/12/2016
Biosecurity legislative framework released for public comment - November 2016
The Tasmanian Government has released the 'Future Direction for a New Contemporary Biosecurity Legislative Framework' - which outlines the elements of a proposed new Biosecurity Act.
Published: 23/11/2016
Influx of beneficial Melangnya hoverfly (October 2016)
There have been several immigrations of the beneficial Melangyna hoverfly into Tasmania from mainland Australia since 22 September 2016.
Published: 14/10/2016
Updated import conditions for WA strawberry fruit trade (7 October 2016)
Biosecurity Tasmania advises that updated import conditions have been imposed on the trade of Western Australian strawberry fruit as a vector of Green Snail.
Published: 07/10/2016
Recommencement of restricted strawberry fruit trade from Western Australia (15 August 2016)
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.
Published: 15/08/2016
Blueberry Rust detection in northern Tasmania (August 2016)
Biosecurity Tasmania and industry are responding to a detection of blueberry rust on a property in northern Tasmania.
Published: 12/08/2016
Tasmania’s area freedom from blueberry rust recognised in major markets (July 2016)
Tasmanian blueberry growers can resume unrestricted trade with their largest interstate market following the success of the blueberry rust eradication program.
Published: 14/07/2016
Management of hydatids in Tasmania - freezing of offal (June 2016)
Tasmania has in place restrictions on feeding offal to dogs as part of the state’s ongoing management of hydatids.
Published: 29/06/2016
Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post Harvest Treatment with Fenthion (June 2016)
Biosecurity stakeholders please note that an important change has taken place in the import regulations housed in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania, as of 23 June 2016.
Published: 23/06/2016
Advice to pet rabbit owners (May 2016)
Pet rabbit owners are advised that a new strain of the Calcivirus is present in Tasmania.
Published: 04/05/2016
Reminder to vaccinate dogs against canine parvovirus (April 2016)
A veterinary practice on Tasmania's North West has recently reported several confirmed cases of canine parvovirus.
Published: 01/04/2016
First meeting of the Tasmanian Cat Management Reference Group (June 2015)
The Reference Group has the task of providing advice to the Minister on ways to achieve better cat management in Tasmania. This includes issues related to domestic and feral cats, roles and responsibilities and identifying the necessary resources (public and private) to achieve effective outcomes.
Published: 26/06/2015
Incursion advice: African lovegrass (April 2015)
Biosecurity Tasmania has identified African lovegrass on roadsides in and around Hobart, and on the East Coast. It is a Zone A weed under the Weed Management Act 1999, and requires eradication statewide.
Published: 16/04/2015
Release of calicivirus for localised rabbit control (March 2015)
Biosecurity Tasmania intends to undertake release of rabbit calicivirus for biological control of European rabbit populations at various sites throughout Tasmania during March and April 2015.
Published: 23/03/2015
Giant pine scale (February 2015)
Giant pine scale has recently been found in Melbourne and Adelaide. This is the first record of this insect in Australa. To date it has not been found in Tasmania.
Published: 05/02/2015
Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania 2015 Edition – upcoming amendments (November 2014)
The 2015 edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania will be published on the Biosecurity Tasmania website on 17 December 2014.
Published: 26/11/2014
Annual update of Tasmania’s Regulated Quarantine Pests (November 2014)
The annual update of Tasmania’s Regulated Quarantine Pests was published in the Government Gazette on Wednesday 12 November 2014.
Published: 24/11/2014
Improvements to the Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisory Network (October 2014)
Earlier this year, Biosecurity Tasmania was formed to better support a whole-of-government approach to biosecurity in Tasmania.
Published: 24/10/2014
Pigeon vaccinations and imports (October 2014)
Recently, Biosecurity Tasmania seized a consignment of unvaccinated pigeons at the Tasmanian border - providing a timely reminder about vaccinating pigeons.
Published: 17/10/2014
Biosecurity Tasmania (May 2014)
Biosecurity Tasmania brings together the Biosecurity and Product Integrity Division and the Invasive Species Branch of DPIPWE.
Published: 02/05/2014
Pests in imported grain (April 2014)
In the last fortnight, Tasmanian Seed Services Laboratory has picked up a significant increase in the number of live pests in samples of imported grain submitted by Quarantine Tasmania
Published: 17/04/2014
PLANTPLAN response document updated (February 2014)
PLANTPLAN is the nationally agreed technical plan used to respond to an emergency plant pest incident.
Published: 19/02/2014
Suspected case of Little Cherry Disease (February 2014)
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is currently investigating a suspect case of Little Cherry Disease on a property in southern Tasmania.
Published: 05/02/2014
Plant Quarantine Manual Tasmania 2014 Edition (December 2013)
The 2014 edition of the Plant Quarantine Manual Tasmania was published on the DPIPWE website on 18 December 2013.
Published: 18/12/2013
Update of Regulated Quarantine Pest List (December 2013)
The annual update of Tasmania’s Regulated Quarantine Pests (RQPs - Section 12 List A &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; B plant pests) has been published in the Government Gazette.
Published: 16/12/2013
Biosecurity Plan for the berry industry launched (November 2013)
A biosecurity plan for the Rubus industry (raspberries and blackberries) has just been launched.
Published: 06/11/2013
Bushfire plans for pets and livestock (October 2013)
Recent events in NSW are a reminder that pets and livestock should also be included in a bushfire plan.
Published: 23/10/2013
Plant pests and quarantine requirements - update October 2013
The forthcoming 2014 edition of the Plant Quarantine Manual Tasmania, due to be published in mid December 2013, will for the first time include a list of Unwanted Quaratine Pests (UQPs).
Published: 18/10/2013
Requirements for importing queen bees into Tasmania (October 2013)
The requirements for the importation of queen bees into Tasmania.
Published: 09/10/2013
2,4-D high volatile ester products (September 2013)
Recently, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) announced that 2,4-D high volatile ester products may no longer be used.
Published: 26/09/2013
The NLIS and National Vendor Declarations for livestock (September 2013)
Tasmania has just seen its first formal prosecution of a producer in relation to the NLIS tagging of livestock.
Published: 13/09/2013
New regulations for pig welfare in force from 1 July 2013
New welfare regulations relating to pigs came into effect on 1 July 2013.
Published: 20/07/2013
How to report a suspected emergency plant pest or disease (July 2013)
A new DPIPWE fact sheet on reporting a suspect case of a plant pest or disease.
Published: 12/07/2013
Horse owners and horse clubs preparing for future emergencies (June 2013)
One of the lessons coming out of the January 2013 bushfires in Tasmania is that horse owners need to be well prepared for a bushfire emergency.
Published: 20/06/2013
New livestock welfare, land transport regulations (June 2013)
All State and Territory governments and the national organisations representing the livestock industries and livestock carriers have agreed to national standards for the land transport of livestock. Regulations bringing those standards into effect in Tasmania come into force on 15 June 2013.
Published: 15/06/2013
Honey bee biosecurity online training module (June 2013)
There is a free online biosecurity training module for beekeepers.
Published: 03/06/2013
Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy 2013-17 (May 2013)
The Tasmanian Biosecurity Strategy (2013-17).
Published: 23/05/2013
Lead toxicity risk for livestock and pets (March 2013)
The A/Director of Public Health has issued a warning about the risk to human health of drinking water stored in stainless steel tanks made by Kingston Sheet Metal between March 2010 and January 2013. The same risk applies to livestock and pets.
Published: 21/03/2013
Information for veterinary practitioners in Tasmania (February 2013)
DPIPWE web page specifically for veterinary practitioners in Tasmania.
Published: 21/02/2013
“Beef Only” status and agisting dairy cattle (December 2012)
Please remember that the Cattle Health Statement is a legal document and the producer signing it is declaring that the information on the Statement is correct.
Published: 15/12/2012
New national requirement for the stamping of eggs (December 2012)
A new national Egg Standard came into effect on 26 November 2012. It includes a requirement that eggs produced for sale must be individually stamped with the producer’s unique identification. The purpose is to enable quick and accurate tracing for either biosecurity or food safety issues.
Published: 04/12/2012
Accreditation Scheme for freedom from Caprine retrovirus (November 2012)
Caprine retrovirus (CRV), formely known as caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) or “big knee”, is a serious disease of goats.
Published: 19/11/2012
Post harvest treatment of some fruits with fenthion is no longer permitted (November 2012)
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) decision means that post harvest treatment of some fruits with the insecticide fenthion is no longer permitted.
Published: 08/11/2012
Biosecurity plans and manuals for plant and animal industries (August 2012)
To date, over 20 primary industries have developed biosecurity plans/manuals for use by industry members.
Published: 20/08/2012
Quarantine arrangements for regular importers and exporters (August 2012)
Regular or occasional importers or exporters of items that require inspection and clearance or certification by Quarantine Tasmania, are encouragred to become an “Approved Quarantine Place” or AQP.
Published: 04/08/2012
Updated Dairy Welfare Guide (July 2012)
The Dairy Welfare Guide has been updated. The 2012 edition goes into much more detail than the one it replaces.
Published: 02/07/2012
Animal welfare guidelines - breeding dogs in Tasmania (March 2012)
The DPIPWE has published new welfare guidelines for the breeding of dogs.
Published: 26/03/2012
Importing animals into Tasmania (April 2012)
Importing livestock into Tasmania
Published: 13/09/2011
Best practice Biosecurity Manual for cherry growers (2011)
Best practice biosecurity manual for cherry growers
Published: 24/08/2011
Goats and Johne's Disease - information for smallholders (May 2012)
Goats and Johne's Disease, information for smallholders
Published: 20/05/2011
Keeping backyard poultry (December 2010)
Backyard poultry fact sheet
Published: 10/01/2011
Backyard pigs: health and welfare advice (December 2010)
Backyard pigs, health and welfare advice
Published: 02/12/2010
Tasmania's import risk analysis framework (July 2010)
Risk Analysis Framework (RAF) explains the process that DPIPWE uses to assess the pest and disease risks of imports, and identify suitable risk management options. The RAF will help ensure Tasmania' s Appropriate Level of Protection is met in ways that are defensible, transparent, effective and consistent with our legal obligations for regulating trade and travel to minimise biosecurity risk.
Published: 15/11/2010
Worm drench resistance in sheep (May 2012)
Drench resistance advice for small hoders of sheep and goats.
Published: 05/11/2010
Importing used agricultural machinery (February 2010)
Fact sheets containing biosecurity information regarding importing used agricultural machinery into Tasmania
Published: 30/08/2010
Soil import requirement (July 2010)
A fact sheet outlining a new Import Requirement regarding the importation of plant material or soil into Tasmania for laboratory analysis/diagnosis.
Published: 18/08/2010
Ants (May 2012)
Four factsheets on how to identify ants.
Published: 18/08/2010
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