Independent Review of the Queensland Fruit Fly Response

​​​​The 2018-2019 Queensland fruit fly (QFF) response was the largest biosecurity response in Tasmania’s history. 

An Independent Review into the Tasmanian QFF incursion and response has now commenced. Mr Mike Blake has been engaged to conduct the review. Mr Blake, former Tasmanian Auditor-General, brings a wealth of experience to the role, having undertaken the Independent Review of the 2016 floods in Tasmania, together with a substantial background in both the public and private sector.

The aim of the Review is to consider the lessons learnt to ensure that Tasmania is best placed to manage the risk which QFF poses to our horticultural industries, including;
  • Lessons from the incursion applicable to national and state arrangements
  • Industry engagement and communication
  • Community information and communications
  • Improvements to the biosecurity emergency response system to protect Tasmania from any future incursions
  • Any other related matters that will inform future incursion responses
The Review will make recommendations for any revisions to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment’s (DPIPWE) Tasmanian Fruit Fly Strategy 2017-2050.

Written submissions for the review can be lodged until 31 May 2019 - by email to: 

or by post:

Independent fruit fly review​
C/- Policy Branch
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44
HOBART Tasmania 7001

Please note: in preparation of the final report no personal information other than the names of the individual commenters will be disclosed.  If you wish your comments to remain confidential please make this clear in your submission to the Reviewer.

Public consultation meetings will be held in the middle of the year with the final report to be finalised by the end of the year.  

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