Media releases



Department’s action on imported prawns - update April 201727397120/04/2017 04:13:05329 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/04/2017 03:51:0419/04/2017 14:00:00The department continues to take appropriate steps to support Queensland in managing the current outbreak of white spot disease.
Reciprocal recognition of food safety with USA of mutual benefit 25190020/04/2017 01:55:20354 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx18/04/2017 04:39:1817/04/2017 14:00:00Australian exporters are in a significantly stronger position as preferred suppliers of safe, high quality food to the United States of America (USA) after the signing of a bilateral Food Safety Recognition Agreement this month.
Invasive snails kept off our rails27308611/04/2017 01:24:05416 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/04/2017 21:42:5510/04/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity staff in Melbourne have intercepted and identified an obscure invasive snail species, which is spreading through southern states of the United States, usually along railway lines.
Horse disease response levy consultation finalised26524106/04/2017 22:01:43348 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx06/04/2017 03:04:0805/04/2017 14:00:00The department today released the Horse Disease Response Levy Review consultation report, following public consultation with horse industry stakeholders on the existing horse levy for emergency disease responses.
Creepy crawly cargo caught out4877203/04/2017 22:22:01870 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/04/2017 22:14:0003/04/2017 14:00:00A biosecurity sneaker has been sprung attempting to smuggle a dangerous combination of live reptiles and arachnids in a box marked ‘2 pair shoes’.
Keeping biosecurity risks out of the nation’s capital4886804/04/2017 01:48:07460 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/04/2017 01:43:5103/04/2017 14:00:00A painted coconut face, large mushrooms and a pine cone kiwi bird wearing a Santa hat arrive at Canberra Airport—there’s no punchline here though, just a series of biosecurity risks seized in the first six months of international flights.
Innovative businesses helping to make water market and biosecurity challenges a BRIIze27081022/03/2017 04:14:50544 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/03/2017 04:10:1021/03/2017 13:00:00Nine small and medium businesses will share in more than $800,000 in initial grant funding to develop innovative solutions to challenges in water markets and biosecurity, as part of the Australian Government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative.
Department stretches its commitment to reconciliation26732003/03/2017 05:10:39529 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/03/2017 05:04:4702/03/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources today launched ‘Growing Reconciliation: Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019’ and along with it a renewed commitment to reconciliation in the organisation and across its sphere of influence.
Disease early-warning system to be established in Timor-Leste26644427/02/2017 22:27:47603 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx27/02/2017 22:22:2927/02/2017 13:00:00A sentinel herd early warning system is being established in Timor-Leste, as part of a broader effort to boost biosecurity surveillance and analysis and protect Australia’s valuable livestock industries and exports.
Goog news: first Australian eggs reach Korea26357313/02/2017 04:28:27714 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/02/2017 04:22:3912/02/2017 13:00:00​Fresh Australian eggs have cracked the South Korean market, with the first shipment reaching the consumer market.
Media statement: Department's action on imported prawns26327509/02/2017 22:53:282140 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/02/2017 08:01:4409/02/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is aware of media reports about white spot disease in Australia.
Agricultural cooperation with China set to benefit from funding round26342810/02/2017 05:24:59723 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/02/2017 05:18:1209/02/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources are seeking applications from Australian farm businesses and organisations looking to undertake projects and trade missions to boost the agricultural trading relationship between Australia & China in 2017.
Recognising two of our outstanding public servants26024427/01/2017 05:32:25648 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx27/01/2017 05:26:4326/01/2017 13:00:00Two of the department’s Senior Executive Staff, Nicola Hinder and Matthew Koval, were awarded Public Service Medals (PSMs) as part of the Australia Day Honours List.
Tick of approval for Australian biosecurity legislation implementation25966424/01/2017 02:01:27582 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx24/01/2017 01:56:4123/01/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has welcomed a report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) that outlines the successful implementation of Australia’s new biosecurity legislation in 2016.
No definitive source of prawn disease has been found25796613/01/2017 04:35:301002 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/01/2017 04:27:3212/01/2017 13:00:00The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources continues to work collaboratively with the Queensland Government to determine the origin of the outbreak of white spot disease in prawn farms in south-east Queensland.
Media statement: Federal agriculture department suspends uncooked prawn imports25692609/01/2017 07:47:412121 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/01/2017 07:16:2206/01/2017 13:00:00The Director of Biosecurity has suspended uncooked prawn imports. The Director took this action in response to information from the department that the level of risk associated with uncooked imported prawn had become unacceptable.
Media statement: Update on white spot disease in Queensland25574223/12/2016 00:35:131164 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/12/2016 22:25:4422/12/2016 13:00:00No further prawn farms in the Logan River area have tested positive to white spot disease. The response is moving into the next phase, which will involve disposal and decontaminating the four affected properties.
Government and Indigenous Rangers deliver biosecurity outcomes to protect the north and support productive agriculture in Australia25558322/12/2016 00:51:22646 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/12/2016 00:36:4921/12/2016 13:00:00Senior government officials met in Cairns recently to discuss the priorities for shared biosecurity surveillance activities in northern Australia and agree on a plan for future investment under the Developing Northern Australia
Fisheries and aquaculture production on the rise25534804/02/2017 02:23:03960 04:18:3619/12/2016 13:00:00The gross value of Australian fisheries and aquaculture production (GVP) increased by 12 per cent to $2.8 billion in 2014-15, according to the ABARES.
Hoofed heroes return home4001019/12/2016 03:53:55605 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx18/12/2016 21:18:5216/12/2016 13:00:00The last of Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic equine competitors were today given the all clear from biosecurity officers at the post entry quarantine facility in Mickleham, Victoria.
Media statement: Update on white spot disease in Queensland25492221/12/2016 22:37:07570 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/12/2016 00:51:1715/12/2016 13:00:00Following on from the media statement issued on 9 December 2016, white spot disease has now been confirmed on four prawn farms in south-east Queensland.
Release of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity review: draft report25498916/12/2016 03:33:44674 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/12/2016 03:29:0915/12/2016 13:00:00The draft report of the independent review of Australia’s biosecurity arrangements, including the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (the IGAB), has been released for public comment.
Log availability from commercial plantations revised down25458304/02/2017 02:23:26637 23:30:5114/12/2016 13:00:00Future log availability from Australia’s commercial plantations is forecast to decrease, according to Australia’s plantation log supply 2015 – 2059, released today by ABARES.
Improved approach for analysing biosecurity risks25438913/12/2016 23:34:21728 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/12/2016 23:28:2613/12/2016 13:00:00​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources today introduced an improved approach for analysing biosecurity risk.
Australian farm production to crack $60 billion in 2016-1725408804/02/2017 02:23:551147 23:39:1212/12/2016 13:00:00Following news last week of Australia’s bumper winter crop, the gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to increase by 6.1 per cent, surpassing $60 billion in 2016–17, according to the latest Agricultural commodities report.
Australia tests International Animal Health Emergency Reserve Arrangements in Exercise Athena25366309/12/2016 04:53:36329 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/12/2016 03:36:3908/12/2016 13:00:00Australia recently led an international emergency animal disease simulation, Exercise Athena, which tested arrangements for deploying personnel across international borders to respond to emergency animal disease events.
Media statement: Update on white spot disease in Queensland25371222/12/2016 23:10:15560 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/12/2016 06:22:1008/12/2016 13:00:00​​​​​Following on from the media statement issued on 2 December 2016, white spot disease has now been detected on a total of three prawn farms in south east Queensland.
Sydney’s sour arrival found teeming with biosecurity pests and disease24579802/12/2016 02:11:39 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/12/2016 02:08:5901/12/2016 13:00:00A lime plant detected in the luggage of a passenger arriving in Australia from Bangladesh has been found heavily infested with live insects and an exotic bacterium that could decimate Australia’s $500 million dollar citrus industry.
Media statement: Detection of white spot disease in Queensland prawns24583102/12/2016 05:02:16881 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/12/2016 02:57:1501/12/2016 13:00:00White spot disease, a highly contagious viral disease of prawns, has been detected on a prawn farm at Alberton on the Logan River, ​in south east Queensland.
A biosecurity birthday milestone for Mickleham PEQ facility13970228/11/2016 02:23:49585 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/11/2016 02:18:5627/11/2016 13:00:00Australia’s Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham turns one year old this week, providing an opportunity to celebrate its vital role in protecting the nation’s industries and environment from dangerous biosecurity pests and diseases.
Have your say on Australia’s illegal logging regulation25098916/11/2016 23:22:15577 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/11/2016 22:53:4116/11/2016 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is seeking feedback on proposed options to simplify requirements and minimise the costs of complying with Australia’s illegal logging laws.
Statement on Freedom of Information requests by the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP and the Herald Sun24497224/10/2016 00:12:19854 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx24/10/2016 00:07:0223/10/2016 13:00:00​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources today released the final document related to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted by the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP and the Herald Sun for copies of correspondence between the former Secretary
Driving improved biosecurity for Thai car imports24393017/10/2016 23:53:06808 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx17/10/2016 23:47:4917/10/2016 13:00:00Measures have now been strengthened to manage biosecurity risks associated with new car imports from Thailand, following the signing of a revised Motor Vehicle Inspection Program (MVIP) Arrangement.
Million-dollar challenge to improve water market information24259210/10/2016 05:35:571070 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/10/2016 05:26:2709/10/2016 13:00:00Grants of up to $1 million are up for grabs for small and medium-sized businesses as part of the Australian Government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) programme.
Our dogged determination to keep Australia rabies-free24068728/09/2016 02:12:58835 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/09/2016 02:08:3927/09/2016 14:00:00World Rabies Day, on 28 September, is a reminder for all Australians to do their part to ensure that Australia remains rabies-free.
Time running out to apply for a share of $240K in ag project grants23997323/09/2016 06:48:371006 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/09/2016 04:47:3022/09/2016 14:00:00Australia’s young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers have less than a month to apply for grants to support their innovative agricultural project, through the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards.
Recognising our Biosecurity leaders23867919/09/2016 05:21:48950 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/09/2016 05:17:0918/09/2016 14:00:00​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.
Naming and shaming Australia’s most unwanted pests 23868727/09/2016 04:14:301754 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/09/2016 05:55:4918/09/2016 14:00:00Crippled plant industries, trade suspensions and a devastated environment—Australia’s Top 40 National Priority Plant Pests have damaging potential, from vine-attacking bacteria to a giant snail.
New on-farm irrigation infrastructure pilot programme kicks off in SA23777214/09/2016 05:17:01937 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/09/2016 04:41:1713/09/2016 14:00:00The first pilot for the new Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency programme (COFFIE) is now underway in South Australia.
WELS-informed consumers save water and money22829206/09/2016 04:09:43520 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx06/09/2016 04:04:1105/09/2016 14:00:00​Australian consumers will now find it easier than ever to choose the most water-efficient appliances, with the first registrations of 4-star showers and 6-star toilets under updates to the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.


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