Import Risk Analysis - Pigeons

​​Draft Import Risk Analysis: Proposed Changes in Conditions for the Importation of Pigeons and Fertile Pigeon Eggs​

A draft Import Risk Analysis (IRA) on the importation of live pigeons and their fertile eggs has been prepared by Biosecurity Tasmania. 

The draft IRA is now available for public comment until 5 pm Friday 3 January 2020.  Public consultation is a critical component of the IRA process.

The IRA proposes that the importation into Tasmania of pigeons and their fertile eggs be amended to reflect the same requirements that have been adopted for poultry and cage birds; that is without restriction, except for the requirement that imported animals appear healthy on visual inspection and be under no current movement restrictions.

Pigeon Paramyxovirus 1 (PPMV1), the disease for which current import conditions were enacted, was detected in Tasmania in 2013. Both Pigeon Paramyxovirus 1 (PPMV1) and Pigeon rotavirus may cause a significant impact to individual pigeon owners and pigeon events.  Given that the diseases are present in Tasmania, and that pigeon races across Bass Strait have recommenced, these risks are considered best managed on a flock and event basis by implementing sound biosecurity measures and/or flock vaccination under the advice of a veterinarian.​

The draft IRA (below) provides detailed background on the review that has been undertaken.


  Draft Import Risk Assessment: proposed changes in conditions for the importation of Pigeons and Fertile Pigeon Eggs   (382Kb)

​​Have your say

Submissions must be addressed as follows and must be received by close of business on pm Friday 3 January 2020.

How to make a submission

Submissions may be emailed to: 
or posted to:

Chief Veterinary Officer of Tasmania
Biosecurity Tasmania 
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 1550
Hobart  Tas 7001

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on this website. Submissions will be published as soon as possible after the conclusion of the consultation period. No personal information other than an individual's name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

​Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information.  We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as PDF, Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.  

Important information to note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise. 

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public. 

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government. 

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material.  If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.  You may also be contacted to provide any further comment. 

For further information contact the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Branch on 03 6165 3264.

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