Media releases



Perth biosecurity seizures top the nation29358422/06/2017 02:27:25104 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 risks29341321/06/2017 02:50:39154 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 29348021/06/2017 06:54:28380 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.
Biosecurity continues to strengthen under new legislation27913716/06/2017 22:53:23248 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/06/2017 22:33:0016/06/2017 14:00:00One year since the most comprehensive overhaul of national biosecurity in more than a century came into force, the health of Australian farms, families, flora and fauna is being protected through stronger and more effective legislation than ever before.
Media statement: Planned changes to import conditions for uncooked prawns29087115/06/2017 05:12:17356 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx15/06/2017 05:07:2514/06/2017 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working to develop interim import conditions to allow the safe resumption of trade in uncooked prawn and prawn meat.
Cheetahs given biosecurity all-clear, despite bout of spots28726407/06/2017 01:14:01394 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/06/2017 00:45:1606/06/2017 14:00:00Contrary to their incriminating species name, four law-abiding cheetahs from the UK checked into quarantine at the Darling Downs Zoo last month, and have today been given the biosecurity all-clear.
Biosecurity eggspurts say don’t whisk it28669905/06/2017 03:14:55 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/06/2017 01:43:0704/06/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity officers at the Sydney mail centre scrambled to contain a potential biosecurity threat after intercepting a parcel that contained number of fertile eggs earlier this month.
Soaring passengers, biosecurity confidence in Cairns28606001/06/2017 23:31:35310 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/06/2017 23:26:3401/06/2017 14:00:00The number of biosecurity risk items seized by Australian biosecurity officers at Cairns International Airport decreased by 11 per cent in 2016.
Media statement: Update on white spot disease in prawns, 1 June 201728596201/06/2017 06:39:16480 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/06/2017 06:33:0231/05/2017 14:00:00The department has continued to assist Queensland with the response, all ponds on all farms have been emptied and the response is nearing completion. About 20 thousand samples from the Logan River area and Moreton Bay have been tested.
Shipment bugged by stinky stowaways no match for biosecurity officers28248623/05/2017 01:25:272968 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 Coast28250924/05/2017 01:25:09399 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 04:14:53992 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 04:14:22419 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 10:00:09408 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 00:20:42330 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 02:02:10718 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 00:16:17417 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 04:13:05899 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 01:55:20784 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 01:24:05593 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 22:01:43463 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 22:22:011028 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 01:48:07588 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 04:14:50647 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 05:10:39620 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 22:27:47672 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 04:28:27808 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 22:53:282407 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 05:24:59835 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 05:32:25715 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 02:01:27627 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 04:35:301116 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 07:47:412312 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 00:35:131324 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 00:51:22715 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 02:23:031369 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 03:53:55641 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 22:37:07656 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 03:33:44725 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 02:23:26889 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.


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