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​Biosecurity Advisory Committee

Expressions of Interest in the position of Chair and members of the new Tasmanian Biosecurity Advisory Committee (BAC) are invited by ​5 pm on Monday 7 October.

The BAC will provide advice to the Minister and the Secretary on biosecurity matters. 

Draft Cat Managemen​t Amendment Bill

The draft Cat Management Amendment Bill 2019is open for community feedback until 4 October 2019. The draft Bill aims to encourage responsible ownership and improve the welfare of cats, while reducing their impact on the community, agriculture and the environment.

Place Names Bill 

​Public comment is invited on proposed new place names legislation that aims to modernise the administrative processes of official place naming. The new Bill will be accompanied by the Tasmanian Place Naming Guidelines. The draft Bill and draft Guidelines are available for review and comment by 3 September. 

GMO Moratorium Report Released

​The 2018 review of Tasmania's genetically modified organisms moratorium has concluded and the final report​ is now available.

The Government has decided that the moratorium on the commercial release of GMOs into the Tasmanian environment will be extended until 2029.

Agric​ultural RD&E Strategy​​​

​The ​Agricultural Research Development and Extension Principles and Investment Strategy provides the principles and strategy to guide the Tasmanian Government’s investment in research, development and extension (RD&E). Within this strategy an Agricultural Innovation Fund has been established to address emerging opportunities and issues that will directly impact Tasmanian agriculture.​

Draft ​Plant Quarantine Amendment Regulations released​

The draft Plant Quarantine Amendment Regulations 2019​ has been released and is open for submissions until 5:00pm on Tuesday 30 July 2019. The draft Regulations are intended to strengthen Tasmania's biosecurity systems.

A Regulatory Impact Statement has been prepared to provide complete information of the changes to fees for specific inspection services and an assessment of the initiatives and the changes. 

​Draft Waste Action Plan released

A draft Waste Action Plan for Tasmania has been released and is open for public comment until 7 October 2019.
The Plan provides a framework for the best way to address the waste and resource recovery challenges that face Tasmania. It identifies actions to tackle our waste and recycling problems, in particular the Government’s commitment to replace the current voluntary regional council waste levies with a legislated statewide waste levy and to introduce a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) in Tasmania.​

Abalone Management Plan Amendments

Amendments have been proposed to the Abalone Fishery Management Plan (Fisheries (Abalone) Rules 2017). The changes address risks of localised depletion and improve fish handling practices in the non-commercial fishery (recreational and Aboriginal).

Some amendments such as compliance and handling also apply to the commercial fishery.
Public submissions on these proposals close at midnight, 28 July 2019.

Aborigina​l Heritage Act Review

​Read the discussion paper and provide your written submission by 21 September.  ​

​Landcare Action Grants Program

The Department is partnering the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association to deliver the Landcare Action Grants Program.

The Program provides State-funded grant opportunities to co-invest with farmers, Landcare and other community organisations on practical on-ground works for sustainable agriculture and Rivercare type activities.

Round 1 applications close on 31 May 2019.

New Committee Members Sought​​

We are looking for expressions of interest for membership for the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee. The Minister will appoint up to nine recreational fishing members with varied knowledge, skills and backgrounds. 

Brushtail Possums

The Department is responding to a recent series of reported brushtail possum deaths in the Greater Hobart region. Keep up to date on information about brushtail possums presenting with neurological symptoms.

Water Management Information Day
Ringarooma River Catchment

Legerwood Hall, Legerwood, between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 16th May. 

The Water Resources Group, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) are hosting a Water Management Information Day in the Ringarooma River catchment. ​

Talk one-to-one, ask questions, find information or provide feedback about your specific water management concerns or needs. 

See Ringarooma River Catchment Water Management Plan​ for more information.



​The new Farmpoint helpline 1300 292 292 provides direct access to
information and services for Tasmania's primary producers. Two Liaison
Officers have been appointed as part of the service. Visit the updated FarmPoint website for more details.

​Marine farm planning proposal approved

The application to implement a new Storm Bay North Marine Farming Development Plan has been approved.

Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund
expressions of interest

​We are calling for expressions of interest for project funding to support and increase the sustainability and productivity of the abalone fishery​. Suitable projects would seek either to reduce the long spined sea urchin population on the East Coast, or to increase abalone stock rates.​​

Tourism ​​master plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness ​ World Heritage Area

​​A Tourism Master Plan is being drafted for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This will provide strategic guidance for the management of tourism in this globally recognised area.​ Broad stakeholder engagement is being conducted with information sessions available across the state. More information is available on the website.


Fruit fly Control and Infe​​​cted Ar​ea restrictio​​ns on Flinders Island ​lifted

 ​All of Tasmania has returned to its fruit fly Pest Free Area status following the lifting of Furneaux Group Control Area and Lady Barron Infected Area restrictions. See Fruit Fly Latest News.


​​Independent review of the Queensland Fruit Fly Response

​​The 2018-2019 Queensland fruit fly response was the largest biosecurity response in Tasmania’s history.​ The Independent Review into the Tasmanian Queensland Fruit Fly Response will make recommendations for any revisions to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment’s Tasmanian Fruit Fly Strategy 2017-2050.

Written submissions for the review can be lodged until 31 May 2019.

Valuation Adjustment Factors

The Valuer-General has determined the land valuation adjustment factors for the 2019-20 rating year.

Bushfire recovery resources​​

Grant​​s and loans for bushfire business recovery -  Details can be found on the Business Tasmania website.

​Bushfire support for primary producers - Freight subsidies are available to assist primary producers

Bushfire impacts on primary producers - we would like to hear from you about the impacts of the fires on your stock, produce or infrastructure - Read our Bushfire Imp​​act Assessment flyer

Caring for Wildlife Affected by Bushfire - ​Tips for assisting bushfire-affected wildlife



Salmon industry growth plan​​

​The One Year Review of the sustainable industry growth plan for the salmon industry has now been released.

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