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Friday, 14 February 2020
If you don’t want to break hearts this Valentine’s Day – make sure your gifts of love purchased overseas are not stopped at the border because they fail Australia’s strict biosecurity requirements.
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Two passengers have been intercepted at Melbourne International Airport attempting to smuggle 122 live fish into Australia.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
The exotic plant pest fall armyworm has been detected for the first time in Australia, in a network of surveillance traps on the northern Torres Strait islands of Saibai and Erub.
Saturday, 25 January 2020
(Issued by Department of the Environment and Energy) Two Chinese nationals living in Belmore, NSW have been arrested and charged as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal wildlife trafficking led by the Department of the Environment and Energy.
Monday, 20 January 2020
(Issued by Department of the Environment and Energy) The Department of the Environment and Energy has released an initial list of threatened and migratory species which have more than 10 per cent of their known or predicted distribution in areas affected by bushfires in southern and eastern Australia in recent months. This provides an early indication of the extent to which Australia’s threatened animals and plants may have been impacted by these devastating bushfires.
Tagged with: Threatened species
Thursday, 16 January 2020
(Issued by Department of the Environment and Energy) Statement made by Professor Graeme Samuel AC, independent reviewer of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Acknowledging that the bushfires are the focus of many of the review’s stakeholders, it is appropriate to extend the timeframe for providing submissions. I am keen for every interested stakeholder to have their say about the EPBC Act and how it operates. Submissions are now due by close of business Friday 17 April 2020.
Tagged with: Consultation, EPBC Act
Wednesday, 8 January 2020

(Issued by the Department of Agriculture) The Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants worth $4 million to fund projects to enhance traceability in the food supply chain, enhancing trust in Australian-grown products and boosting the competitiveness of agricultural exporters.

Tagged with: Food, Agriculture
Monday, 23 December 2019

(Issued by Department of Agriculture) Australians travelling to Bali or heading elsewhere overseas for holidays can expect unprecedented airport scrutiny on their way back into Australia as biosecurity officers step up defences against African swine fever (ASF).

Friday, 20 December 2019

(Issued by the Department of Agriculture) Instead of bringing Christmas cheer, some gifts that arrive from overseas this holiday season could bring pests and diseases that can devastate our unique environment and agricultural industries as well as put human health at risk.

Tagged with: Biosecurity, Awareness
Friday, 20 December 2019
(Issued by the Department of Agriculture) The draft regulation impact statement (RIS) on live sheep exports to, or through, the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere summer, is now available for public consultation on the department’s Have Your Say webpage.