Biosecurity Tasmania declares a number of import requirements (IRs) that are designed to mitigate the identified risk of introductions of List A or B Regulated Quarantine Pests that may be associated with imports of a wide range of prescribed matter (including plants or plant products) into the State.
For a wide range of commonly imported commodities, more than one IR may apply.
Importantly, Biosecurity Tasmania is also often required to make changes at short notice to the regulartory conditions governing the import of prescribed matter (plants or plant products) into the State, outside of the annual production of the Manual. Such changes may be focused on:
- existing IRs held in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (PBMTas) via their amendment or revocation; or
- the introduction of new IRs not previously published in the Manual, in response to newly emerging pest outbreaks of quarantine concern interstate.
Latest IR Changes
Plant Biosecurity Manual
Tasmania, is published in December of each year, as a new edition for the coming calendar year.
This page contains notifications of any changes that are introduced outside of the annual edition of the manual.
Note: All Import Requirement updates throughout 2020 have been replaced or superseded by the new edition of the Manual.
Revised Import Requirement (IR) 28 Blueberry Rust - Hosts and Carriers
Import Requirement (IR) 28 in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania is the Blueberry Rust – Hosts and Vectors IR allowing conditional entry of these plants and plant products to Tasmania.
Blueberry rust (BBR) has been detected in Victoria in recent months, and as a result the Victorian Government has revoked their State Area Freedom for BBR. Biosecurity Tasmania has subsequently reviewed the existing Import Requirement (IR) 28, to ensure it remains fit for purpose.
IR28 has been revised by the Tasmanian Plant Biosecurity Regulatory Working Group into a contemporary format for regulatory structures, observing whole of state pest freedom, partial freedom, and consignment level freedom. For Partial Area Freedom (e.g. within Victoria), a buffer zone of 200km from any known detection of BBR is still required. The revision also saw the IR renamed IR28 – Blueberry Rust – Hosts and Carriers.
It is important to note that plant species other than Vaccinium spp. (Vaccinium spp. includes blueberry and all other species from the Vaccinium genus) have been removed from the IR as potential BBR hosts. This is because BBR has never been detected on any host species other than species in the Vaccinium genus in any Australian state or territory (including Tasmania). The plant species now removed from IR28 are still subject to a range of other Import Requirements to manage general biosecurity risk.
Amendments to IR28 will come into effect from 6 September 2021.
Revocation of Import Requirement 31(IR31) Hosts and Vectors - Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri Gabriel et al.)
Citrus canker is a contagious plant disease that affects citrus plants including lemon, lime, mandarin, grapefruit as well as some native plant species.
In April 2018, citrus canker was detected in the Northern Territory (NT) and subsequently Western Australia (WA) in May 2018. Citrus canker had previously been declared eradicated from Australia in 2009 following an outbreak in Queensland.
Australia has once again been declared officially free from citrus canker with the lifting of remaining restricted areas in the NT from 12 April 2021, with restricted areas in WA lifted earlier.
As a result of this declaration, Tasmania has now revoked Import Requirement 31 (IR31) Hosts and Vectors - Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri Gabriel et al.) with effect from 19 April 2021.
The disease declaration has also been revoked from List A Diseases – Bacteria
Minor change to Import Requirement 5 (IR5) – Fruit Fly Host Produce – Hard Green or Similar Condition.Import Requirement (IR) 5 in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania is a fruit fly host produce IR allowing conditional entry to certain produce in a hard green (or similar) condition for several types of fruit, including 5 varieties of avocado.
Biosecurity Tasmania has had cause to consider whether avocados could also be imported into the State under the same arrangements currently approved for bananas, and continue to satisfy the State’s ‘Appropriate Level of Protection (ALOP)’ that any such produce remain free from fruit fly infestation.
Bananas have been allowed to be imported into Tasmania under an additional entry condition outlined in IR5. This additional condition has allowed mature and green bananas to be artificially ripened in a properly constructed and operated ripening chamber immediately before shipment to Tasmania, if both the chamber and export pathway post ripening remained secure and free from fruit fly.
The proposal to consider a similar entry condition for avocado was assessed by the Tasmanian Plant Biosecurity Regulatory Working Group. It was determined that avocados arriving hard into, and via, an artificial ripening chamber can occur with very low or negligible risk. IR5 (Section 1 – avocadoes) has subsequently been reworded and updated to allow for artificial ripening of hard avocadoes immediately prior to import to Tasmania.
This change came into effect from 12:00am, 17 May 2021.