Biosecurity for New and Small Landholders and Hobby Farmers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility. Whether you are smallholder or hobby farmer, large scale commercial producer, or new to the business of small or large scale farming – planning for and implementing effective biosecurity practices on your property is vital. A weed, pest or disease incursion on your property could irreparably damage your business - but could also quickly spread to adjoining properties. For the sake of your business, your neighbours' businesses and indeed the State's economy, way of life and our environment – please take your biosecurity responsibilities seriously.

It is important for new smallholder or h​obby farmers to understand biosecurity issues, as this can affect not just themselves but everyone else in the community. All landholders - small, new and commercial - need to take their biosecurity and animal welfare responsibilities seriously. The following web pages and documents provide some basic information to help you understand these responsibilities in weed management, plant diseases, animal management, movement and sale of animals and governance of food safety regarding animal products.

General biosecurity information

General Bio​security Duty

The Biosecurity Act 2019 introduced in Tasmania a new legal obligation known as the general biosecurity duty – or GBD.

The Act emphasises the importance of shared responsibilities and the need for Government, industry and the community to work together to maintain a strong biosecurity system.

In simple terms, the GBD reinforces that everyone has a role to play in protecting our unique environment and primary industries against biosecurity risks.​

Introduction to​​ biosecurity

An introductory guide to Tasmania's biosecurity system has been developed or for more detailed information visit Biosecurity Tasmania.

  A Beginner's Guide to Tasmania's Biosecurity System   (437Kb)

Factsheets have been provided below to help you develop a plan for your property and visitors to your property

  Property Owners' Guide to Biosecurity Factsheet   (344Kb)

  Biosecurity Practices for Property Visitors Factsheet   (338Kb) 

Subscribing to Biosecurity Tasmania's Advisories is the best way you can keep yourself up to date and full informated about Tasmanian biosecurity issues.  The Advisories cover topics such as changes or proposed changes to import regulations, animal health and welfare, plant health, regulation reviews and expressions for public comment and new and emerging pest/disease risks. 

Further information from NRE Tas

  • Food Safety provides extensive information on what is expected in food production and outlines the legislative controls existing for specific commodities.

  • Several Plant Biosecurity resource materials are listed below.

Plant Biosecurity Manual

Importing Plants

Plant Pest and Diseases

Plant Pest Surveillance

Plant Health Laboratories and services   

General Biosecurity Duty

  • Weeds  contains a comprehensive suite of information covering declared and non-declared weeds, control guides, statutory management plans, together with additional links and resources

  • You may be required to register your property (Property Identification Code) and animals as part of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS). Livestock Identification provides you with further information and the links for registration for PIC and NLIS.

Animal management and animal husbandry factsheets


  Alpacas   (204Kb)


  Cattle and the Smallholder   (223Kb)​

  Hobby Farmers - Basic Nutrition for Cattle   (170Kb)

  Body Conditioning Scoring of Beef Cattle   (96Kb)

Body Condition Scor​​ing ​of Dairy C​attle - Dairy Australia​


  Sheep - Guide for Hobby Farmers and Smallholders   (481Kb)

Caring for sheep in extreme weather

Diseases in sheep - Sheep Connect​

  Basic Nutrition for Sheep   (47Kb)

  Animal Welfare Guidelines - Sheep   (162Kb)

  Body Conditio​​​n Scoring of Sheep          (224Kb)

  Livestock Alert   (131Kb) 

  Hobby Farmers, Worms and Sheep   (305Kb)

 AHL Labfact Getting the best from your Wormtest (PDF 116Kb)

Worm control program for shee​​p in Tasmania - WormBoss

Chickens (including eggs) and other poultry

  Backyard Poultry   (570Kb)

  Information Sheet - Producing Safe Eggs at Home   (108Kb)

  Information Sheet - Egg Food Safety Scheme (Small Commercial and Home Egg Producers)   (328Kb)​


  Animal Welfare Guidelines - Goat   (362Kb)

  Goats and the Smallholder   (132Kb)

  Goats and Johne's Disease   (362Kb)

  Goats and Worms   (554Kb)

  AHL Labfact Getting the best from your Wormtest (PDF 116Kb)

Worm control program for goats in Tasmania - Wor​​mBoss


  Everyday Biosecurity for Horse Owners   (460Kb)​

  Horses and the Smallholder   (103Kb)

  Basic Nutrition for Horses   (54Kb)

  Body Condition Scoring of Horses   (104Kb)

  LabFact Equine Wormtest - What is it?   (176Kb)

  Equine Wormt​​est Advice Form   (37Kb)


  My pig is sick – what should I do?   (142Kb)​

  Basic health and welfare tips for Pigs   (194Kb)

  The Backyard Pig   (482Kb)

  Companion Handbook to the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Pigs   (650Kb)

  Pigs and the Smallholder   (194Kb)

Model code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Pigs

Animals and emergency planning​

General advice can be found at animals and emerge​ncy planning​ and additional factsheets below:

  RSPCA Emergency Stress Management for Domestic Pets   (460Kb)

  FAQ Accessing Fodder in Emergency Situations   (94Kb)

  Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet 1 Planning - The key to survival for you and your horses   (587Kb)

  Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet 2 Preparation - The key to survival for you and your horses   (297Kb)

  Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet 5 My Equine Emergency Plan and Horses Vital Signs   (397Kb)


Biosecurity Tasmania (Biosecurity) Enquiries

13 St. Johns Avenue,
New Town, TAS, 7008.
Fax: 03 6173 0225


PO Box 46,
Kings Meadows, TAS, 7249.