Media releases



Producers urged to reconsider animal health management34275317/11/2017 02:45:13318 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 02:18:22523 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 04:26:02589 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 01:28:09812 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 23:13:181113 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 00:30:15842 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 23:14:55991 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 01:15:111180 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 02:52:48776 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 22:53:04992 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 03:06:21674 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 03:19:531021 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 03:26:47764 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 22:06:571526 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 22:38:53669 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 03:44:065155 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 04:07:091188 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 22:35:35556 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 01:53:42761 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 22:25:571239 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 23:03:20619 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 00:22:07539 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 23:17:261017 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 00:35:211065 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 02:25:40532 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.
Brisbane passengers slip on biosecurity643412/07/2017 03:37:25728 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx12/07/2017 01:47:2511/07/2017 14:00:00​​Australian biosecurity officers seized more than 33,000 items from global travellers arriving at Brisbane international airport in 2016, a rise of 2 per cent on 2015 figures.
Illegal reptile smuggling ring lands conviction and $2000 fine720009/07/2017 22:52:58792 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/07/2017 22:47:1509/07/2017 14:00:00Gisborne, Victoria resident Craig James Pender was this week convicted and fined $2000 for importing exotic reptiles into Australia in contravention of the Quarantine Act 1908.
Stamping out anti-biosecurity practices in the ACT823810/07/2017 21:39:51802 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/07/2017 22:29:4509/07/2017 14:00:00Potentially harmful exotic ants have been seized from a Canberra home, as part of an investigation into their attempted sale on Gumtree.
Darwin passengers make a meal of biosecurity664807/07/2017 00:23:47976 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/07/2017 00:19:2906/07/2017 14:00:00The increasing number of biosecurity contraband items seized at Darwin International Airport in 2016 poses a risk that should concern all territorians.
Partnering for excellence in biosecurity758907/07/2017 01:11:04751 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/07/2017 01:05:5406/07/2017 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is set to continue its collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), with the Australian Government allocating $7.2 million over the four years to 2020–21.
Check for hopportunistic hitchhikers662205/07/2017 23:11:442506 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/07/2017 23:07:4905/07/2017 14:00:00A disoriented foam-nest tree frog from Zambia who mistook a man’s luggage for its foamy-nested home was discovered in June and referred to biosecurity officers in Sydney.
In brief: sentence for illegal egg imports802503/07/2017 05:43:17565 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/07/2017 05:36:4302/07/2017 14:00:00A Canberra man who was intercepted at Sydney International Airport in 2015 attempting to import three fertile chicken eggs in his pockets and underwear has today been fined $660 in the Queanbeyan Local Court
Media statement: Enhanced import conditions for uncooked prawns to take effect from 7 July685529/06/2017 23:23:50674 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/06/2017 22:43:1229/06/2017 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has established strict new import conditions to support the safe resumption of trade in uncooked prawns and prawn meat.​
Shrewth! A shrewd discovery785429/06/2017 00:35:043078 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/06/2017 00:23:1428/06/2017 14:00:00A stowaway shrew caught trying to eschew Australia’s biosecurity laws was tamed by shrewd airport and biosecurity staff at Perth’s International Airport earlier this month.
Stakes run high with biosecurity risks at Adelaide airport803429/06/2017 03:28:18317 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/06/2017 03:17:2328/06/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity officers confiscated an increasing number of meat products from incoming passengers at Adelaide’s international airport during 2016, contraband that could potentially butcher Australia’s biosecurity.
Australia adopts another Kiwi as one of our own608823/06/2017 21:29:42527 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/06/2017 21:15:3123/06/2017 14:00:00Gari, a Fiordland crested penguin has today left the confines of her isolation unit at Taronga Zoo to join her new friends in the penguin display.
Perth biosecurity seizures top the nation775522/06/2017 02:27:25467 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/06/2017 02:23:2321/06/2017 14:00:00Australian biosecurity officers at Perth International Airport seized more than 22.4 tonnes of biosecurity risk items from arriving passengers in 2016, a 38 per cent increase on 2015 rates.
Fake building blocks hide real biosecurity risks707521/06/2017 02:50:39546 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/06/2017 02:39:4720/06/2017 14:00:00Authorities from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and the Australian Border Force (ABF) have intercepted 50 turtles and lizards, concealed in an international mail consignment from Indonesia on 9 June 2017.
Strategic water acquisition in lower Darling 724821/06/2017 06:54:283686 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/06/2017 04:16:1320/06/2017 14:00:00On 20 June 2017 the Commonwealth contracted to acquire 21.9 GL (17.8 GL LTAAY) of gap-bridging water in the New South Wales Lower Darling catchment from Tandou Limited.


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