Media releases



Shipment bugged by stinky stowaways no match for biosecurity officers28248623/05/2017 01:25:27 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/05/2017 00:32:1722/05/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity officers have detected six brown marmorated stink bugs, an exotic pest that could severely damage Australian horticultural crops, in a consignment of timber from the USA that arrived in Port Adelaide earlier this month.
Airport biosecurity concerns spike on the Gold Coast28250923/05/2017 01:23:42 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/05/2017 00:38:5422/05/2017 14:00:00Australia’s biosecurity officers seized more than 6,760 items of biosecurity concern from the Gold Coast Airport in 2016, up 15 per cent from 2015.
Australia leads international efforts to protect vital domestic industries from deadly plant pest27916416/05/2017 04:14:53657 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/05/2017 01:24:0815/05/2017 14:00:00Experts from across the globe will come together on 17–19 May to share knowledge and strengthen Australia’s defences against one of the world’s most devastating plant pests, Xylella fastidiosa.
Review of import conditions for prawns and prawn products28120916/05/2017 04:14:22252 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/05/2017 03:59:2215/05/2017 14:00:00The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is undertaking a review of the import conditions for prawns and prawn products for human consumption.
A reminder of the importance of Australia’s biosecurity import conditions3926312/05/2017 10:00:09249 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx12/05/2017 09:26:2911/05/2017 14:00:00The recent media coverage of the destruction of herbaria specimens being imported by the Queensland Herbarium serves as a timely reminder of the importance of Australia’s biosecurity requirements.
Travelling from SE Asia? Check your closed toad shoes!27821011/05/2017 00:20:42289 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx11/05/2017 00:13:1910/05/2017 14:00:00Most travellers come to Australia with a spring in their step, but a recent arrival at Cairns Airport has taken that expression to a whole new level!
Getting to the core of airport biosecurity27660703/05/2017 02:02:10641 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/05/2017 01:54:0002/05/2017 14:00:00Australia’s biosecurity officers seized more than 273,000 items of biosecurity concern at Australia’s international airports in 2016, up by more than 6 per cent from 2015.
Turkish delight as crocs take flight27597901/05/2017 00:16:17366 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/05/2017 00:09:3030/04/2017 14:00:00Two 50–year–old Australian saltwater crocodiles have successfully been exported to an aquarium and underwater zoo in Turkey, thanks to the efforts of our staff to meet the importing country requirements.
Department’s action on imported prawns - update April 201727397120/04/2017 04:13:05779 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 01:55:20668 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 01:24:05557 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 22:01:43432 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 22:22:01969 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 01:48:07563 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 04:14:50608 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 05:10:39575 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 22:27:47650 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 04:28:27762 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 22:53:282296 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 05:24:59762 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 05:32:25671 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 02:01:27600 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 04:35:301057 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 07:47:412218 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 00:35:131238 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 00:51:22667 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 02:23:031179 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 03:53:55628 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 22:37:07621 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 03:33:44705 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 02:23:26786 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 23:34:21797 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 02:23:551301 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 04:53:36352 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 23:10:15615 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 05:02:16952 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 02:23:49620 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 23:22:15641 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 00:12:19875 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


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