Media releases



Media statement: Bovine serum investigation—update33028123/10/2017 22:53:04110 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/10/2017 05:15:0519/10/2017 13:00:00Western Australian biotech company Serana (WA) Pty Ltd has been acquitted on a charge of providing a False or Misleading Statement contrary to section 70C(1) of the Quarantine Act 1908.
‘Zero by Thirty’ – the fight to eradicate rabies31156628/09/2017 03:06:21538 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/09/2017 02:59:3827/09/2017 14:00:00The global community is uniting to stop human rabies related deaths, with the theme of this year’s World Rabies Day being ‘Zero by Thirty.’
Media statement: Bovine serum investigation—update, 14 September 2017642814/09/2017 03:19:53614 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/09/2017 03:15:0213/09/2017 14:00:00The Perth Magistrates Court will soon hear a matter involving Western Australian biotech company, Serana (WA) Pty Ltd.
Reeling in gillty biosecurity offenders780714/09/2017 03:26:47665 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/09/2017 03:03:5513/09/2017 14:00:00A male international passenger recently cast themselves into a sea of trouble after trying to bring live fighting fish, snails and shrimp into the country.
Nominations for the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards now open745610/09/2017 22:06:571407 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/09/2017 23:41:0710/09/2017 14:00:00Every Australian can now nominate individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of our $60 billion agricultural industries and the health of our animals, plant and people through the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Award
New ballast water laws to protect Australian shores638107/09/2017 22:38:53598 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/09/2017 22:05:3707/09/2017 14:00:00From today, Australia’s coastal and marine environments will enjoy stronger protection as an international treaty and new laws requiring better ballast water biosecurity come into force.
High price for concealing foreign fruit, seeds and nuts655105/09/2017 03:44:064365 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/09/2017 03:32:5904/09/2017 14:00:00A man who was intercepted at Cairns Airport in 2016 attempting to smuggle fruit, seeds and nuts taped to his abdomen was last week fined a total of $1600 at Tully Magistrates Court.
Spike in illegal cactus imports prickles biosecurity officers802704/09/2017 01:39:071117 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/09/2017 01:34:3803/09/2017 14:00:00Staff at our mail centres and airports have been bristled by a sharp increase in the number of cacti and succulent interceptions, with nearly the same number seized in the first half of year as the entirety of 2016.
Hitchhiking bugs cause a stink712731/08/2017 22:35:35521 out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx31/08/2017 22:10:4431/08/2017 14:00:00Emergency measures introduced in 2014 to prevent an exotic stink bug establishing itself in Australia were so successful that similar measures have been implemented annually during the highest risk period for this pest, from 1 September to 30 April.
Stellar biosecurity helping Australia live long and prosper819208/08/2017 01:53:42711 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 outlets823702/08/2017 22:25:57636 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 luggage752130/07/2017 23:03:20603 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 Livestock762427/07/2017 00:22:07500 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 761425/07/2017 23:17:26991 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 off825124/07/2017 00:35:211014 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?766219/07/2017 02:25:40505 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 biosecurity643412/07/2017 03:37:25673 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.
Illegal reptile smuggling ring lands conviction and $2000 fine720009/07/2017 22:52:58779 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.
Stamping out anti-biosecurity practices in the ACT823810/07/2017 21:39:51761 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.
Darwin passengers make a meal of biosecurity664807/07/2017 00:23:47922 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 biosecurity758907/07/2017 01:11:04704 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 hitchhikers662205/07/2017 23:11:442493 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 imports802503/07/2017 05:43:17523 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 July685529/06/2017 23:23:50614 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 discovery785429/06/2017 00:35:043037 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 airport803429/06/2017 03:28:18293 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 own608823/06/2017 21:29:42501 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 nation775522/06/2017 02:27:25454 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 risks707521/06/2017 02:50:39501 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 724821/06/2017 06:54:283643 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 legislation641316/06/2017 22:53:23477 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 prawns786015/06/2017 05:12:17769 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 spots662307/06/2017 01:14:01551 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 it642205/06/2017 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 Cairns811301/06/2017 23:31:35427 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 2017831401/06/2017 06:39:16892 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.
Airport biosecurity concerns spike on the Gold Coast621324/05/2017 01:25:09538 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.
Shipment bugged by stinky stowaways no match for biosecurity officers819623/05/2017 01:25:275910 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.
Australia leads international efforts to protect vital domestic industries from deadly plant pest608316/05/2017 04:14:531258 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 products809416/05/2017 04:14:22572 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.


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