Media releases



Stellar biosecurity helping Australia live long and prosper30025608/08/2017 01:53:42479 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 outlets29313102/08/2017 22:25:57434 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 luggage29763230/07/2017 23:03:20448 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 Livestock29689127/07/2017 00:22:07369 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 29664025/07/2017 23:17:26770 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 off29242024/07/2017 00:35:21939 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?28753919/07/2017 02:25:40415 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 biosecurity29488612/07/2017 03:37:25560 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.
Stamping out anti-biosecurity practices in the ACT28563010/07/2017 21:39:51679 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.
Illegal reptile smuggling ring lands conviction and $2000 fine28564609/07/2017 22:52:58712 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.
Darwin passengers make a meal of biosecurity28525107/07/2017 00:23:47810 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 biosecurity28544307/07/2017 01:11:04609 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 hitchhikers28484205/07/2017 23:11:442415 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 imports28059303/07/2017 05:43:17468 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 July27957229/06/2017 23:23:50521 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 discovery27925629/06/2017 00:35:042972 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 airport27934329/06/2017 03:28:18265 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 own29389223/06/2017 21:29:42441 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 nation29358422/06/2017 02:27:25378 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 02:50:39441 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 06:54:283538 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 22:53:23402 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 05:12:17613 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 01:14:01497 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 23:31:35388 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 06:39:16707 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 01:25:275865 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 01:25:09470 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 04:14:531139 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 04:14:22478 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 10:00:09482 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 00:20:42395 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 02:02:10804 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 00:16:17471 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 04:13:051016 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 01:55:20918 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 01:24:05631 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 22:01:43514 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 22:22:011124 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’.


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