Media releases



Keeping Australia free from African Swine Fever 41188418/01/2019 02:19:36 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 22:26:284847 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 23:58:364901 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 22:28:585352 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 22:35:394917 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 00:07:054791 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 02:50:484295 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 03:43:214478 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 00:56:323979 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 22:08:214857 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 01:16:034221 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 05:58:036254 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 01:22:435742 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 20:12:128520 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 01:01:134128 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 01:09:294307 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 23:01:444629 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 23:23:248855 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 21:30:454917 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 01:35:447017 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 00:42:415263 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 05:53:134592 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 04:22:295026 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 22:14:239384 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 01:07:116203 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 01:01:086304 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 02:20:474457 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 01:42:406226 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 08:01:324656 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 03:49:205765 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 05:28:544885 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 01:13:5710926 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 03:51:594195 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 23:08:393882 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 00:14:083684 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 00:42:406901 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.
Better water quality to flow1303321/08/2018 23:21:374464 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/08/2018 23:18:0521/08/2018 14:00:00A joint initiative between the Commonwealth, state, territory and New Zealand governments will help better manage and protect our precious water resources.
Live export licence cancelled1299421/08/2018 22:19:475321 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/08/2018 22:05:2220/08/2018 14:00:00Following a thorough investigation and show cause process, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has cancelled the livestock export licence of Emanuel Exports Pty Ltd.
Quick Save and the Bad Seeds1215920/08/2018 00:32:445616 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/08/2018 00:23:5619/08/2018 14:00:00A valuable tip-off from a biosecurity-savvy passenger at an overseas airport lounge has led to a number of risky seeds being intercepted at Melbourne Airport.
Media statement: White Spot Syndrome Virus testing at retail outlets1598210/08/2018 08:26:0010444 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/08/2018 06:43:3109/08/2018 14:00:00White Spot Syndrome Virus testing at retail outlets


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