Media releases



Something’s fishy: ABF officers detect live fish in package from Vietnam44842901/04/2019 05:45:185050 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/04/2019 05:42:0731/03/2019 13:00:00Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in Victoria have detected 20 fish in an air cargo consignment arriving from Vietnam, which was labelled as “artificial flowers”.
Conditions for sheep exports during the northern summer44755028/03/2019 04:18:123952 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/03/2019 04:13:4627/03/2019 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has finalised the conditions for sheep exports to the Middle East for the upcoming northern summer to support animal welfare outcomes.
Man facing charges after endangered iguanas found in cruise ship cabin43726726/03/2019 01:57:574040 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx26/03/2019 01:53:4525/03/2019 13:00:00A man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to smuggle two endangered iguanas into Australia on board a cruise ship.
Media statement: Strong biosecurity to manage grain import risks3028922/03/2019 01:15:352378 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/03/2019 01:09:4021/03/2019 13:00:00​Australia has strict processes and a long-established policy to ensure any future imports of grain for stockfeed do not compromise our vital biosecurity status.
Izzy snags a pear of deadly bags at Sydney Airport 2332220/03/2019 23:50:286655 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/03/2019 23:33:2920/03/2019 13:00:00Every dog has their day and biosecurity detector dog Izzy recently had hers—detecting over ten kilos of undeclared and illegally imported fruit and meat products in a passenger’s bags.
Release of the ASEL review report44638019/03/2019 02:03:186022 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/03/2019 01:55:3318/03/2019 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources today released the final report on the Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL): sea transport, along with its response.
Another busy year for Australian Biosecurity32224317/03/2019 21:50:193168 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx17/03/2019 21:25:5617/03/2019 13:00:00Australian biosecurity officers intercepted more than 350,000 items of biosecurity concern across the country in 2018, with approximately 60,000 items sniffed out by biosecurity detector dogs.
Sheep exports for the upcoming northern summer44617317/03/2019 21:51:056070 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx15/03/2019 06:17:2114/03/2019 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released its proposed conditions for sheep exports to the Middle East for the upcoming northern summer to support animal welfare outcomes.
Collaboration and innovation to strengthen biosecurity44543513/03/2019 23:15:264375 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/03/2019 23:11:1313/03/2019 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is calling for innovative solutions to build Australia’s biosecurity capabilities and better manage risks associated with hitchhiker pests and disease.
Picking the best noses to sniff out stinky pests44375306/03/2019 23:41:026146 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx06/03/2019 23:28:4906/03/2019 13:00:00Australia’s biosecurity detector dogs now have their noses honed on one of the nation’s most unwanted exotic pests—the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
Have your say on new export controls for milk, eggs and fish44253601/03/2019 03:46:203913 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/03/2019 03:42:5328/02/2019 13:00:00Interested stakeholders can now have their say on improved legislation for milk, eggs and fish exports with the three draft chapters of the Export Control Rules 2020 released for consultation.
Be a biosecurity bud this Valentine’s Day43583714/02/2019 00:21:504334 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/02/2019 00:16:3313/02/2019 13:00:00To meet lovers’ demand this Valentine’s Day the number of flower imports significantly rises, but so does the risk of some heart breaking biosecurity pests.
Recognised plant biosecurity champion at Australia Day Awards43053629/01/2019 23:26:584244 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/01/2019 23:15:3829/01/2019 13:00:00Assistant Secretary of Plant Import Operations, Lois Ransom, has been awarded a Public Service Medal in recognition of her outstanding public service through the strengthening of Australia’s plant biosecurity system.
Be biosecurity aware this Chinese New Year42957624/01/2019 23:19:564603 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx24/01/2019 23:10:3924/01/2019 13:00:00Chinese New Year is a busy time for travelling and gift-giving, but some items sent or brought to Australia during this period could pose a biosecurity risk and potentially carry pests and diseases.
Keeping Australia free from African Swine Fever 41188418/01/2019 02:19:3614679 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx17/01/2019 01:58:1016/01/2019 13:00:00In response to the recent spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has increased its border activities.
International recognition to help plant health grow 42064420/12/2018 22:26:2810987 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/12/2018 22:20:0720/12/2018 13:00:00The first International Year of Plant Health will be held in 2020 recognising the importance of global cooperation to keep plants healthy and free of pests and diseases.
$120,000 fine for serious biosecurity breaches42137220/12/2018 23:58:3613905 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/12/2018 23:55:3420/12/2018 13:00:00A Brisbane company and its director have been fined a total of $120,000 for biosecurity breaches associated with the transport and storage of imported uncooked pig meat during 2014 and 2015.
Public servant charged for illegal importation of exotic fish4540519/12/2018 22:28:585732 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/12/2018 22:24:5719/12/2018 13:00:00An Australian Government biosecurity officer will face court today over his alleged role in the illegal importation and sale of exotic fish in Australia.
Sniffing out biosecurity risks at Norfolk Island4540619/12/2018 22:35:395316 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/12/2018 22:31:3419/12/2018 13:00:00Norfolk Island’s newest biosecurity team member is already hard at work sniffing out potential biosecurity risks to safeguard the island from pests and diseases.
Keeping stink bug risks off Australian shores41802419/12/2018 00:07:054993 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/12/2018 00:02:2918/12/2018 13:00:00The department has directed a second vessel to leave Australian Territory, as a result of significant risks associated with brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
Draft report on live sheep Heat Stress Risk Assessment41211613/12/2018 02:50:484999 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/12/2018 02:44:5812/12/2018 13:00:00​​The independent Heat Stress Risk Assessment (HSRA) Technical Reference Panel has released its draft report on heat stress risk in live sheep exports to the Middle East.
Live squirrels intercepted at Brisbane Airport41215113/12/2018 03:43:215129 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/12/2018 03:33:5712/12/2018 13:00:00Biosecurity and Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Brisbane Airport recently intercepted two live squirrels, allegedly smuggled in by an Australian resident returning from Bali.
Biosecurity touches down at Avalon International Airport3951103/12/2018 00:56:324878 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/12/2018 00:53:2202/12/2018 13:00:00Avalon Airport is going international this week and the department is calling on all passengers heading down under on the new flights to be biosecurity aware.
Media statement: Independent Observer live export report released3350126/11/2018 22:08:218656 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx26/11/2018 19:27:0826/11/2018 13:00:00The first public Independent Observer’s live export summary report was released today, documenting the Bahijah voyage carrying sheep and cattle exported to Israel in June 2018.
Supporting our young rural women to reach their leadership potential37541427/11/2018 01:16:034527 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx27/11/2018 00:45:1026/11/2018 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water is pleased to be able to support 18 young rural women to attend the Country to Canberra ‘Power Trip’ leadership program this week.
Media statement: MV Jawan36962723/11/2018 05:58:036337 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/11/2018 05:51:5622/11/2018 13:00:00The livestock export ship MV Jawan returned to Portland, Victoria on the morning of 22 November after experiencing stability issues.
Media statement: Biosecurity assurance for cut flower and foliage imports31391414/11/2018 01:22:436645 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/11/2018 05:48:1813/11/2018 13:00:00The department has released a draft consultation report today that confirms the enhanced import conditions for fresh cut flowers and foliage effectively manage the associated biosecurity risks.
Media statement: Importing grain for stock feed8568819/11/2018 20:12:128807 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx11/11/2018 23:52:0911/11/2018 13:00:00With many parts of Australia in drought, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has been getting a significant number of enquiries about importing processed plant-based stock feed, whole grain and hay.
Sound Check of biosecurity is the Best Solution34248702/11/2018 01:01:134420 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/11/2018 00:41:2701/11/2018 13:00:00As the excitement builds for Tuesday’s highly anticipated Melbourne Cup race, biosecurity officials have been working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that all 21 international contenders are free of exotic pests and diseases
Media statement: Dog held at Brisbane Airport34264602/11/2018 01:09:294674 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/11/2018 00:52:1201/11/2018 13:00:00Biosecurity officers at Brisbane Airport have seized a dog that arrived on a flight from the United States undeclared and without an import permit.
Have your say on the review of live export standards1512131/10/2018 23:01:444953 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx31/10/2018 22:52:0631/10/2018 13:00:00Draft options for improving the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) are now available for stakeholder feedback.
Response to the Moss Review3888130/10/2018 23:23:249330 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx30/10/2018 23:19:0030/10/2018 13:00:00The department welcomes the Review of the Regulatory Capability and Culture of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Regulation of Live Animal Exports by Mr Philip Moss AM.
Nominations now open for the 2019 Australian Biosecurity Awards3611828/10/2018 21:30:455108 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/10/2018 21:27:5428/10/2018 13:00:00Today the search begins for Australia’s true biosecurity champions through the 2019 Australian Biosecurity Awards.
Media statement: Illegal pork semen importers face court 3583329/10/2018 01:35:447169 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx24/10/2018 23:04:1325/10/2018 13:00:00Two persons involved in the pork production industry faced court today in Western Australia on charges relating to deliberate illegal imports of pig semen over a number of years.
Review a breath of fresh Eyre2468815/10/2018 00:42:415888 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx15/10/2018 00:39:0914/10/2018 13:00:00Ministers on the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum have released a review into the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), the second since the IGA was signed in 2000 and the first in more than 10 years.
Additional conditions for live sheep exports2441012/10/2018 05:53:134951 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx12/10/2018 05:50:3511/10/2018 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources intends to implement conditions above the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) for live sheep exports departing from 1 November 2018.
Extension of National Carp Control Plan33257611/10/2018 04:22:295262 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx11/10/2018 04:15:5110/10/2018 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has approved a 12 month extension for the development of the National Carp Control Plan.
Inaugural Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer appointment announced4629403/10/2018 22:14:239695 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/10/2018 22:07:5103/10/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has today appointed Ian Thompson as Australia’s inaugural Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer (CEBO).
Media statement: Protecting our ag industries from the risk of BMSB4638904/10/2018 01:07:116786 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/10/2018 00:01:5803/10/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working to ensure Australian producers and our $60 billion agricultural industries are protected from the threat of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) this season.
Share the message, save a life on World Rabies Day1489428/09/2018 01:01:086872 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/09/2018 00:44:1327/09/2018 14:00:00If you saw a dog with rabies, would you be able to recognise it? If you were suspicious, would you know what to do? World Rabies Day, on 28 September, is a reminder for all Australians to do their part to keep Australia rabies-free.
Support the Australian agriculture sector and share in $286,000 in grants4055327/09/2018 02:20:475212 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx27/09/2018 01:43:0626/09/2018 14:00:00Would a $22,000 grant help you bring your agricultural research project to fruition?
Consultation for a wine export label directory now open3554124/09/2018 01:42:406578 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/09/2018 03:54:5520/09/2018 14:00:00Australia’s wine has a growing position on the world stage due to its exceptional quality and hard-earned reputation.
Interim measures for all strawberry exports3279718/09/2018 08:01:324973 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx18/09/2018 07:51:3017/09/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is implementing interim control measures for the export of fresh strawberries.
Australia leading global animal health efforts2952114/09/2018 03:49:206350 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/09/2018 03:29:4413/09/2018 14:00:00Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp, is travelling to Europe this week for his first official engagements as President of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) World Assembly.
$1.5 billion for Basin businesses to upgrade water infrastructure2415310/09/2018 05:28:545797 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/09/2018 05:26:0809/09/2018 14:00:00Irrigators and businesses across the Murray-Darling Basin now have the opportunity to apply for the Australian Government’s $1.5 billion water infrastructure program.
Media statement: Testing of imported honey 2292612/09/2018 01:13:5711150 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/09/2018 04:30:5806/09/2018 14:00:00At the border, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has responsibility for managing biosecurity and food safety risks, including compliance with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Second live export licence cancelled2101605/09/2018 03:51:594855 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/09/2018 03:46:5304/09/2018 14:00:00Following a show cause process, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has cancelled the livestock export licence of a second exporter, EMS Rural Exports Pty Ltd.
Consultation opens on live export standards1858329/08/2018 23:08:394198 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/08/2018 23:04:3729/08/2018 14:00:00The next stage of the review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) is open for public comment until 19 September.
Testing and building Australia’s Varroa defence1744729/08/2018 00:14:084014 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/08/2018 00:09:1428/08/2018 14:00:00Government and industry stakeholders from across the country are taking part in one of the nation’s largest biosecurity exercises to help Australia bee prepared to manage a potential Varroa mite incursion.
Stronger biosecurity measures to manage stink bug risks1653228/08/2018 00:42:407269 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/08/2018 00:37:1227/08/2018 14:00:00Australia has implemented stronger offshore biosecurity measures for the upcoming brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season, to manage risks associated with this significant cargo pest.


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