Media releases 2018 Jan - Jun

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Media statement: Importation of horses from Hong Kong36288711/01/2018 01:32:077914http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/01/2018 06:30:0509/01/2018 13:00:00The direct importation of horses from Hong Kong to Australia was suspended on 2 October 2017 because of potential biosecurity risks that could be created by the movement of hoses between Hong Kong and a training facility in China.
Committee appointed to lead ASEL review36354111/01/2018 23:16:407108http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx11/01/2018 23:12:1811/01/2018 13:00:00​An expert Technical Advisory Committee has been appointed to review the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).
Media Statement: Basin Plan Amendment (SDL Adjustments) Instrument 201726304615/01/2018 07:16:557166http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx15/01/2018 07:08:4114/01/2018 13:00:00​On 13 January 2018 the Basin Plan Amendment (SDL Adjustments) Instrument 2017 commenced in law, the day after registration on the Federal Register of Legislation.
SA seed bank stock readied for transfer to global seed vault35246216/01/2018 21:53:057362http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/01/2018 21:34:3616/01/2018 13:00:00Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr Kim Ritman, is visiting the Australian Pastures Genebank in South Australia today, to oversee the preservation of Australia’s pastures and cropping legacy as local seeds are prepared for transfer to the Svalba
Statement: Contract for the Provision of Services number 2017-248318517119/01/2018 21:57:0911492http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/01/2018 21:46:5519/01/2018 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Webber Quantitative Consulting Pty Ltd have mutually agreed to terminate contract number 2017-24831 for delivery of a commodity milk price index.
Media statement: Update on Tasmania fruit and vegetable exports36743802/02/2018 06:45:336147http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/02/2018 06:40:1901/02/2018 13:00:00There have been outbreaks of fruit flies, suspected to be Queensland Fruit Fly (QFly), in two locations in Tasmania.
Flamin’ galah cruises home safely34309204/02/2018 19:37:406365http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/02/2018 19:31:4403/02/2018 13:00:00A cocky pet Australian galah has come to the attention of biosecurity officials from two countries, after it bypassed strict processes and checked itself in for a luxury cruise to New Zealand that departed on 21 January.
ASEL review open for stakeholder input36842706/02/2018 04:45:455407http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx06/02/2018 04:36:0705/02/2018 13:00:00Public consultation on stage one of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) review opened today.
Exotic lemurs settling well after completing biosecurity clearance5391509/02/2018 00:27:4512492http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx08/02/2018 23:47:3608/02/2018 13:00:00Two female Ring-tailed lemurs from New Zealand have spent the Christmas holidays settling into their new home in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley Zoo, after completing their biosecurity clearance.
Working with PNG to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity34230218/02/2018 23:29:166439http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx18/02/2018 23:05:4618/02/2018 13:00:00Australia is building stronger offshore biosecurity measures, with surveys now underway with Papua New Guinea (PNG) to better manage the risk of pests and diseases arriving from close-neighbouring countries.
Media statement: Biosecurity actions in Jandakot, Western Australia37490623/02/2018 04:59:469662http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/02/2018 03:26:1022/02/2018 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is conducting biosecurity actions at a warehouse in Jandakot, Western Australia, to ensure Australia’s strong biosecurity status is maintained.
Biosecurity innovators gather in Canberra 37979107/03/2018 22:37:226811http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/03/2018 22:17:5707/03/2018 13:00:00Biosecurity stakeholders from across Australia and New Zealand will be joining forces in Canberra today to share ideas about innovative technologies and approaches to enhance each countries’ biosecurity system.
Media statement: Animal welfare standards for the export of livestock38778221/02/2019 03:03:139854http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/04/2018 04:33:5704/04/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has this week received information, including confronting footage, which alleges that expected animal welfare standards are not being met on some live export voyages.
Media statement: Review of import conditions for brassicaceous crop seeds38798806/04/2018 07:26:455860http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx06/04/2018 07:21:3005/04/2018 14:00:00The Draft review of import conditions for brassicaceous crop seeds for sowing into Australia recognises that there is an increased risk of seed-borne pathogens being introduced to Australia on some imported brassicaceous seeds.
Media statement: Hepatitis A linked to imported frozen pomegranate24564007/04/2018 06:34:195686http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/04/2018 06:29:2306/04/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) are aware of hepatitis A concerns linked to frozen pomegranates imported from Egypt.
Statement on live exports footage24571121/02/2019 03:09:4614316http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx08/04/2018 08:26:3607/04/2018 14:00:00Animals Australia footage of sheep aboard a live export vessel shows conditions that are deplorable and unacceptable.
Media statement: Permits to export livestock38834421/02/2019 03:11:0616337http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/04/2018 10:14:3108/04/2018 14:00:00Before a shipment of livestock can depart Australia, the exporter must have a licence and an export permit from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Media statement: Welfare standards for the export of Australian animals38837421/02/2019 03:10:2721875http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/04/2018 23:30:2409/04/2018 14:00:00The standards for the export of livestock are very clear in requiring exporters to ensure the health and welfare of animals in their care at every stage of the export chain.
Media statement: Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Tender39235118/04/2018 23:06:347805http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx18/04/2018 22:02:1718/04/2018 14:00:00The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources opened a new groundwater request for tender in the Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium on 19 April 2018
Media statement: Detection of citrus canker in the Northern Territory39238719/04/2018 00:07:204494http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/04/2018 00:02:2318/04/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working closely with the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources following strong evidence of a detection of citrus canker in Darwin.
UPDATE: Qatar abattoir suspension resolved39131520/04/2018 08:04:396530http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/04/2018 09:21:2319/04/2018 14:00:00Animals Australia provided new information including footage to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 9 April 2018 alleging breaches of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) in Qatar.
Exporting a rare tree-t to Canada39355423/04/2018 00:29:435202http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/04/2018 20:45:4821/04/2018 14:00:00A Wollemi Pine, one of the world’s oldest and rarest tree species, was today bequeathed to the Canadian people as a gift to mark 150 years since the Canadian Confederation in 1867.
Last biosecurity beagle on Aussie mainland retires after 63 (doggo) years of service39965111/05/2018 02:31:345455http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx11/05/2018 02:23:2610/05/2018 14:00:00oday we celebrate the retirement of the last biosecurity beagle on mainland Australia, highlighting the successful 25-year history of beagles safeguarding our country from exotic pests and diseases.
Department’s response to McCarthy review40011621/02/2019 03:07:4614681http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/05/2018 22:36:1816/05/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources supports the recommendations made by Dr Michael McCarthy in his review of live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern summer
Media statement: Single Canine Influenza Virus positive test result at Victorian PEQ40126720/05/2018 09:26:3121949http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/05/2018 09:21:4819/05/2018 14:00:00A dog recently imported into Australia has tested positive to Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) at the Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility at Mickleham in Victoria.
Budding biosecurity risk uprooted in Brisbane37739929/05/2018 01:22:555429http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/05/2018 01:18:2228/05/2018 14:00:00Australia’s biosecurity officers have uncovered a significant plant risk at Brisbane Airport, after a passenger was found to be carrying concealed citrus budwood in the inner tubing of a tyre.
Rare wild cats have arrived, feline well38458929/05/2018 23:29:146778http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/05/2018 23:22:0929/05/2018 14:00:00A rare and unusual species of wild cat native to Africa can now be seen in Australia, with biosecurity officers playing a key role in ensuring the cats arrived safely and did not pose a risk to our environment, plant, animal and human health.
Media statement: National response to Citrus canker detection40444901/06/2018 02:01:507516http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/06/2018 01:20:4031/05/2018 14:00:00Australia has responded swiftly to the recent detections of citrus canker in Northern Territory using established arrangements that are in place to support a rapid, nationally-coordinated response to pest and disease detections.
Media statement: Beef imports from Japan40447401/06/2018 03:37:494929http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/06/2018 03:32:0331/05/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has approved the recommencement of chilled or frozen beef imports from Japan.
Flower buff fails to bluff biosecurity officers40495204/06/2018 23:17:519920http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/06/2018 23:11:3004/06/2018 14:00:00A man was convicted and fined $1000 at the Northern Territory Local Court on 15 May 2018 for attempting to smuggle plants, bulbs and seeds into Australia.
Media statement: Live export licence suspension41093222/06/2018 06:49:504695http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/06/2018 06:39:5721/06/2018 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources today suspended the live export licence of one company.
Sheep in Western Australia41279925/06/2018 01:37:505024http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx25/06/2018 01:33:0824/06/2018 14:00:00It is necessary to clarify matters raised in media reports.
The great white north seeks alpacas from down under41447526/06/2018 23:43:333776http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx26/06/2018 23:39:0826/06/2018 14:00:00New market access opportunities have opened up for highly sought-after Aussie alpacas, representing a positive step for a small industry with great potential.
Condamine Alluvium groundwater buyback nearing halfway41501528/06/2018 04:53:516095http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/06/2018 04:50:1427/06/2018 14:00:00The first tranche of the Australian Government's Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium groundwater buyback has recovered almost 16 gigalitres towards the 40.4 gigalitre target, to 31 May.
Illegal citrus imports putting Australia at risk41517802/07/2018 21:10:099138http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/06/2018 23:04:3328/06/2018 14:00:00The attempted illegal import of citrus budwood through Brisbane Airport demonstrates the significant biosecurity risks Australia faces, with tests now confirming the plant material carried one of the world’s worst citrus diseases.

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