Media releases



Working with PNG to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity34230218/02/2018 23:29:161225 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx18/02/2018 23:05:4618/02/2018 13:00:00Australia is building stronger offshore biosecurity measures, with surveys now underway with Papua New Guinea (PNG) to better manage the risk of pests and diseases arriving from close-neighbouring countries.
Exotic lemurs settling well after completing biosecurity clearance5391509/02/2018 00:27:453685 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx08/02/2018 23:47:3608/02/2018 13:00:00Two female Ring-tailed lemurs from New Zealand have spent the Christmas holidays settling into their new home in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley Zoo, after completing their biosecurity clearance.
ASEL review open for stakeholder input36842706/02/2018 04:45:454017 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx06/02/2018 04:36:0705/02/2018 13:00:00Public consultation on stage one of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) review opened today.
Flamin’ galah cruises home safely34309204/02/2018 19:37:405050 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/02/2018 19:31:4403/02/2018 13:00:00A cocky pet Australian galah has come to the attention of biosecurity officials from two countries, after it bypassed strict processes and checked itself in for a luxury cruise to New Zealand that departed on 21 January.
Media statement: Update on Tasmania fruit and vegetable exports36743802/02/2018 06:45:334382 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/02/2018 06:40:1901/02/2018 13:00:00There have been outbreaks of fruit flies, suspected to be Queensland Fruit Fly (QFly), in two locations in Tasmania.
Statement: Contract for the Provision of Services number 2017-248318517119/01/2018 21:57:099681 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/01/2018 21:46:5519/01/2018 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Webber Quantitative Consulting Pty Ltd have mutually agreed to terminate contract number 2017-24831 for delivery of a commodity milk price index.
SA seed bank stock readied for transfer to global seed vault35246216/01/2018 21:53:054957 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/01/2018 21:34:3616/01/2018 13:00:00Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr Kim Ritman, is visiting the Australian Pastures Genebank in South Australia today, to oversee the preservation of Australia’s pastures and cropping legacy as local seeds are prepared for transfer to the Svalba
Media Statement: Basin Plan Amendment (SDL Adjustments) Instrument 201726304615/01/2018 07:16:555413 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx15/01/2018 07:08:4114/01/2018 13:00:00​On 13 January 2018 the Basin Plan Amendment (SDL Adjustments) Instrument 2017 commenced in law, the day after registration on the Federal Register of Legislation.
Committee appointed to lead ASEL review36354111/01/2018 23:16:405290 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx11/01/2018 23:12:1811/01/2018 13:00:00​An expert Technical Advisory Committee has been appointed to review the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).
Media statement: Importation of horses from Hong Kong36288711/01/2018 01:32:077201 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/01/2018 06:30:0509/01/2018 13:00:00The direct importation of horses from Hong Kong to Australia was suspended on 2 October 2017 because of potential biosecurity risks that could be created by the movement of hoses between Hong Kong and a training facility in China.
Allowing trade to flourish organically36116902/01/2018 22:26:176079 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/12/2017 23:18:0921/12/2017 13:00:00International demand for premium organic produce is on the rise, and the Australian Government is reviewing regulations on the export of organics to ensure Australian producers can take full advantage of these opportunities.
Biosecurity staff rule out fowl play with bird found at Sydney Airport35582313/12/2017 23:14:00795 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/12/2017 23:08:3013/12/2017 13:00:00The department has managed a potentially serious biosecurity threat to Australia’s bird and human health, following the discovery of a blue and gold macaw at Sydney airport on 3 December 2017.
Media statement: Inspector-General of Biosecurity white spot review35462612/12/2017 21:45:22968 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx12/12/2017 04:09:1611/12/2017 13:00:00​The Inspector-General of Biosecurity provides a valuable independent perspective and is one of the critical mechanisms to assess and improve how we manage Australia’s biosecurity.
Australia equipped to pip plant thrips threat35048429/11/2017 23:54:44743 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/11/2017 23:33:4429/11/2017 13:00:00Australia is taking steps to strengthen its plant biosecurity measures, with the release of a comprehensive analysis of a significant plant biosecurity risk to better inform future plant import conditions.
Producers urged to reconsider animal health management34275317/11/2017 02:45:13904 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx17/11/2017 02:37:1216/11/2017 13:00:00An innovative piggery in Young has proven successful in reducing the use of antibiotics, without compromising the health and productivity of its stock.
Hop-hikers caught web-handed31250113/11/2017 02:18:22982 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/11/2017 02:12:4612/11/2017 13:00:00A trio of adventurous amphibians’ plans to relocate from the United States to Australia, by hiding in a container, have been foiled by biosecurity officers in Victoria.
Reducing water use is WELS underway33615410/11/2017 04:26:021060 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/11/2017 01:22:1209/11/2017 13:00:00Efforts to reduce urban water use under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme are being stepped up with a fresh focus on obligations in the building and property development industry.
Biosecurity tramp-les invasive ant risk at Queensland port31351510/11/2017 01:28:091205 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx08/11/2017 23:08:5708/11/2017 13:00:00Departmental biosecurity officers worked collaboratively with industry and the Queensland Department of Agriculture to successfully manage a recent detection of tramp ants at a Brisbane Port.
Media statement: Update on prawn consignments imported under enhanced import conditions33482102/11/2017 23:13:181492 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/11/2017 05:13:4002/11/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources established strict new import conditions and inspection and testing measures at the border to support the safe resumption of trade in uncooked prawns and prawn meat.
Melbourne Cup horses on home stretch after completing biosecurity33423202/11/2017 00:30:151278 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/11/2017 00:02:1401/11/2017 13:00:00With just five days until the race that stops the nation, all 26 international competitors flown in for the Melbourne Cup Carnival have now completed their biosecurity clearances.
Plant Innovation Centre to grow Australia’s biosecurity capacity50801/11/2017 02:46:46 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/11/2017 02:42:4631/10/2017 13:00:00A new Plant Innovation Centre (PIC) was launched at the Mickleham Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility today, which will improve the nation’s capacity for addressing current and future plant biosecurity risks.
Media statement: Exports to China to resume for six Australian meat establishments33344130/10/2017 23:14:551148 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx30/10/2017 23:08:2130/10/2017 13:00:00​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources welcomes the lifting of the suspension for import inspection of six Australian meat establishments.
Royal honour for Australian-bred horses33313730/10/2017 01:15:111599 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx30/10/2017 01:11:1429/10/2017 13:00:00Australian-bred horses were exported to Thailand earlier this year to participate in the Cavalry Honour Guard for the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 29 October 2017.
Detector dog sniffs out risky plant haul at Sydney Airport33218625/10/2017 02:52:48888 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx25/10/2017 02:43:3824/10/2017 13:00:00Six bags of live plants, bulbs, seeds, fungi and soil were among a haul of biosecurity risk items intercepted during a search on a couple arriving at Sydney International Airport last week.
Media statement: Bovine serum investigation—update33028123/10/2017 22:53:041413 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/10/2017 05:15:0519/10/2017 13:00:00Western Australian biotech company Serana (WA) Pty Ltd has been acquitted on a charge of providing a False or Misleading Statement contrary to section 70C(1) of the Quarantine Act 1908.
‘Zero by Thirty’ – the fight to eradicate rabies31156628/09/2017 03:06:211309 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/09/2017 02:59:3827/09/2017 14:00:00The global community is uniting to stop human rabies related deaths, with the theme of this year’s World Rabies Day being ‘Zero by Thirty.’
Media statement: Bovine serum investigation—update, 14 September 2017642814/09/2017 03:19:531142 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/09/2017 03:15:0213/09/2017 14:00:00The Perth Magistrates Court will soon hear a matter involving Western Australian biotech company, Serana (WA) Pty Ltd.
Reeling in gillty biosecurity offenders780714/09/2017 03:26:471119 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/09/2017 03:03:5513/09/2017 14:00:00A male international passenger recently cast themselves into a sea of trouble after trying to bring live fighting fish, snails and shrimp into the country.
Nominations for the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards now open745610/09/2017 22:06:571844 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/09/2017 23:41:0710/09/2017 14:00:00Every Australian can now nominate individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of our $60 billion agricultural industries and the health of our animals, plant and people through the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Award
New ballast water laws to protect Australian shores638107/09/2017 22:38:53809 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/09/2017 22:05:3707/09/2017 14:00:00From today, Australia’s coastal and marine environments will enjoy stronger protection as an international treaty and new laws requiring better ballast water biosecurity come into force.
High price for concealing foreign fruit, seeds and nuts655105/09/2017 03:44:065734 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/09/2017 03:32:5904/09/2017 14:00:00A man who was intercepted at Cairns Airport in 2016 attempting to smuggle fruit, seeds and nuts taped to his abdomen was last week fined a total of $1600 at Tully Magistrates Court.
Spike in illegal cactus imports prickles biosecurity officers802726/10/2017 04:07:091312 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/09/2017 01:34:3803/09/2017 14:00:00Staff at our mail centres and airports have been bristled by a sharp increase in the number of cacti and succulent interceptions, with nearly the same number seized in the first half of year as the entirety of 2016.
Hitchhiking bugs cause a stink712731/08/2017 22:35:351197 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx31/08/2017 22:10:4431/08/2017 14:00:00Emergency measures introduced in 2014 to prevent an exotic stink bug establishing itself in Australia were so successful that similar measures have been implemented annually during the highest risk period for this pest, from 1 September to 30 April.
Stellar biosecurity helping Australia live long and prosper819208/08/2017 01:53:421188 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx08/08/2017 01:28:2707/08/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity officers in Sydney recently intercepted packets of galactic tomato seeds imported from Italy, which had previously been launched into space and returned to Earth in the Columbus space shuttle.
Media statement: White spot syndrome virus testing at retail outlets823702/08/2017 22:25:571637 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/08/2017 07:22:4601/08/2017 14:00:00​The department is aware of research conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) on white spot testing at retail outlets.
Seriously biosecurity risks mite be nesting in your luggage752130/07/2017 23:03:20791 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/07/2017 01:12:5227/07/2017 14:00:00Returning Australians are being reminded of the need to follow our strict biosecurity laws, after an Australian resident returning from the United States had three robin nests seized.
New committee to review Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock762427/07/2017 00:22:07690 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx27/07/2017 00:17:4026/07/2017 14:00:00​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is establishing a technical advisory committee to conduct a review of Australia’s Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and is seeking suitable applications for membership.
A national approach to better combat biosecurity threats 761425/07/2017 23:17:261233 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx25/07/2017 23:06:4125/07/2017 14:00:00The National Biosecurity Committee (NBC) has endorsed new national biosecurity Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) priorities, giving a more unified, strategic and nationally-consistent focus to biosecurity research.
Sydney biosecurity takes off825124/07/2017 00:35:211171 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx24/07/2017 00:17:5023/07/2017 14:00:00International travellers arriving at Sydney International Airport recorded a one per cent rise in the number of biosecurity risk items seized in 2016, despite an 8.8 per cent rise in the number of passengers.
Pest cargo?766219/07/2017 02:25:40970 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/07/2017 02:00:3518/07/2017 14:00:00Alert biosecurity officers at the Sydney Mail Centre intercepted two packages containing 13 live Helix pomatia snails from the Ukraine—commonly known as Roman snails or escargot, and delicious smothered in garlic butter.


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