Plant Import Requirement Changes

​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania, is published in December of each year, as a new ​edition for the coming calendar year.

From time to time changes to Import Requirements need to be made at short notice. This page contains notifications of any such changes that are introduced outside of the annual edition of the manual.

Note: All Import Requirement updates throughout 2018 have been replaced or superseded by the new edition of the Manual.


Import Requirement 46 (IR46) – Tomato Potato Psyllid – Hosts and Vectors

On 28 May 2019, Biosecurity Tasmania declared by public notice changes to Import Requirement 46 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania, which will be brought into effect from 27 July 2019. The changes have been brought into regulation to align with similar changes in regulation for these pests by all other States and Territories. From 27 July 2019, import conditions will no longer be imposed on seed and ware potatoes for tomato potato psyllid. Clean seed and ware potatoes without green material are not a host of tomato potato psyllid. Even though tomato potato psyllid vectors zebra chip (Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum), extensive field surveys in Western Australia indicate this serious disease of potatoes is not present despite presence of tomato potato psyllid.

  Amendment to Import Requirement 46 - Tomato Potato Psyllid - Host and Vectors   (455Kb)


Import Requirement 10 (IR10) – Grape Phylloxera – Hosts and Vectors

On 28 May 2019, Biosecurity Tasmania declared by public notice changes to Import Requirement 10 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania, which will be brought into effect from 27 July 2019. The changes have been brought into regulation to align with similar changes in regulation for these pests by all other States and Territories. Grapevine cuttings and rootlings will no longer be permitted entry from a Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ). Plant material originating from a Phylloxera Exclusion Zone (PEZ)  must now be hot water treated, unless the cuttings or rootlings originate from a State or Territory holding a current Whole-of-State Pest Area Freedom Certificate for freedom from grape phylloxera, in which case they are exempt from the specified treatment conditions.


Import Requirement 11 (IR 11) - Onion Smut and Iris Yellow Spot Virus (IYSV) – Hosts and Vectors​

In response to the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) reporting that onion smut is now absent from Australia, Biosecurity Tasmania has revoked onion smut (Urocystis cepulae) from being a List A Regulated Quarantine Pest of concern, to a Non-Quarantine Pest on 28 May 2019. 

​​As a result the existing import regulatory conditions of IR11 have been amended to remove both any reference to the disease, and any impositions in trade of Allium species (onions, garlic, chives, shallots, etc) that applied to the disease. 

Import Requirement 2 (IR2) – Fruit Fly Host Produce – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide

In response to recent evidence of fumigation failures in fruit fly host produce from Victoria, Biosecurity Tasmania have made some significant amendments to Import Requirement 2 – Fruit Fly Host Produce – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide.

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Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au