The annual update of Tasmania's Regulated Quarantine Pests
(RQPs - Section 12 List A & B plant pests) has been published in the
Government Gazette, with immediate effect.
The updated list is included in the 2014 edition of the Plant Quarantine Manual
Tasmania to be published on the
DPIPWE website on 18 December.
This year's edition will also, for the first time, include a list of
"Unwanted Quarantine Pests" or UQPs. UQPs are part of the new pest
categorisation system now established in Tasmania. A Regulated
Quarantine Pest (RQP) is a pest which: -
• poses a significant threat to the primary industries and/or
natural environment; and
• is either not present in Tasmania; or present in the State but is
under some kind of official control program.
An Unwanted Quarantine Pest is one that can also be a significant pest,
but for one or more reasons is assessed as likely to not have as major an
impact on Tasmania's primary industries or natural environment at this
time, if it were to arrive.
Quarantine Tasmania may take regulatory action if a UQP is detected at the
quarantine barrier. However, the purpose of this pest category is to reward
those importers of plants and plant material into Tasmania that do the right
thing by using good quality assurance programs. Listing a pest as a UQP means
that it does not need to be brought into formal regulatory control via formal
Regulated Quarantine Pests have specific regulatory programs and are the main
focus of Tasmania's biosecurity activities. The purpose of the new
categorization system is to ensure that DPIPWe's and
industry's biosecurity efforts are targeted at the greatest biosecurity
threats to Tasmania.