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Monday, 23 November 2020

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is reminding importers, distributors and manufacturers that they must have approval from the department to use imported plant and animal-derived ingredients in the manufacture of animal feeds.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp is encouraging those who manufacture animal feed products to contact their supplier or trader to confirm that each imported biological ingredient is approved for animal feed use.

Tagged with: Imports, Biosecurity, Animals
Friday, 20 November 2020

Antimicrobials are used against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, which can make us sick. Antimicrobials are also used in animal and plant health. So to reduce antimicrobial resistance we need to recognise the interconnection between people, animals, plants and our shared environment. This is called a 'One Health' approach.

Tagged with: Awareness
Thursday, 19 November 2020
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is currently managing and investigating a khapra beetle detection associated with one container of imported baby highchairs.
Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Companion animals from the Air Canada ‘ark in the sky’ charter flight are being reunited with their owners today after completing their mandatory 10-day stay at the department’s Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham.

The 49 dogs and 19 cats arrived into Melbourne on 7 November from Vancouver as part of the final leg of a mission to bring them home after being separated from their owners because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Tagged with: Animals
Sunday, 1 November 2020

The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) version 3.0 come into effect on 1 November 2020 and will apply to all consignments of livestock that leave Australia on or after that date.

Tagged with: Live animal exports
Friday, 30 October 2020

The Australian Government is developing a new ten-year Threatened Species Strategy this year and is seeking input from interested stakeholders and members of the public. A survey is now open on ‘Have Your Say’ until 20 November 2020.

The current Threatened Species Strategy established clear priorities to focus efforts and make a difference for our threatened species. The new Strategy will incorporate some of the existing priorities, consider new and emerging challenges and build on lessons learned from the current Strategy.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Updates to Australian standards outlining the minimum animal health and welfare conditions for the export of livestock will take effect from 1 November 2020.

The standards, titled Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock 3.0 (ASEL 3.0), have been updated following a review by an independent expert Technical Advisory Committee.

Tagged with: Live animal exports
Monday, 26 October 2020

A new legislative framework for agricultural exports commencing from 28 March 2021 will consist of the Export Control Act 2020 and a suite of legislative instruments, the Export Control Rules 2020 (the Rules).

The Rules set out the operational details for regulating the exports of commodities and are based on the existing commodity orders.

This is part of a wider initiative to strengthen Australia’s agricultural exports and market access - and making export processes easier to understand and comply with.

Tagged with: Consultation
Friday, 23 October 2020

Joint Media release - Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Government of South Australia

Water for the environment has helped drive a spectacular increase in lamprey numbers in the Murray-Darling Basin. Lamprey are an ancient, native, eel-like fish that can migrate up to 2000 kilometres between the ocean and the River Murray to breed.

Tagged with: Water
Thursday, 22 October 2020

This year marks 10 years of continuous flows to the Coorong since the Millennium Drought broke in 2010.

The iconic Coorong is Storm Boy country, a 140km stretch of estuarine habitat and home to over 80 species of waterbirds and 40 species of fish. Keeping the Murray flowing all the way to the Coorong has been made possible thanks to water for the environment.

Tagged with: Awareness