Plant Import Requirement Changes
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Note: All Import Requirement updates throughout 2019 have been replaced or superseded by the new edition of the Manual.
Amendments to Import Requirement 22 – Lupin Anthracnose Disease – Hosts and Vectors
Following an internal review of Import Requirement (IR) 22 – Lupin Anthracnose Disease - Hosts and Vectors, amendments will come into effect from 14 December 2020.
The disease was first detected in commercial crops in Western Australia (WA) in 1996 and is also present in South Australia. The disease has been successfully eradicated from NSW production areas (NSW DPI 2019). The disease is not present in Tasmania.
A rapid risk analysis review of the pest has identified that the disease should remain a List A Regulated Quarantine Pest for Tasmania. IR22 has been revised to focus on regulatory measures regarding pest area freedom interstate, and the risk lupin seed presents in trade as a contaminant seed in bulk grain imports.
Lupin anthracnose is an important seedborne disease of lupins, causing major crop damage and yield losses. There are no seed treatments currently available that are 100% effective in eliminating the disease from infected seed, nor are there any pesticide treatment measures currently approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for treatment of seed. Consequently, any pesticidal regulatory control options previously held in IR22 are no longer permitted in the new IR.
Amendments to Import Requirement 2 – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide for fruit fly host produce
Biosecurity Tasmania has made some amendments to Import Requirement 2 – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide (IR2). Passionfruit has been added as a high-risk fruit for pre-treatment inspection, and a clause specifying procedures for fumigators around high risk commodities has been removed.
The same changes will be introduced into the Interstate Certification Assurance arrangement ICA-04 Fumigation with Methyl Bromide operational protocol.
The amendments will take effect at 12:00am on 30 October 2020.
The amendments include:
- Passionfruit added to pre-treatment inspections of ‘high risk’ commodities (i.e. in addition to mangoes, stone fruit and chillies) following detection of treated passionfruit containing live fruit fly larvae; and
Biosecurity Tasmania will only accept certification under ICA-04 protocols that align with the amended IR2 (effectively currently limited to Victorian and New South Wales accredited businesses).
- The requirement regarding segregation of high-risk commodities during fumigation has been removed. It was determined that the IR provides adequate basis for regulation of high risk produce without this clause.