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 hobby 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 Biosecurity 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 DPIPWE
- 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
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.
- Living Next Door to a Farmer is an awareness campaign which commenced in 2019. The project objective is to educate and engage the community, with the aim to foster good neighbourly relations between farmers and residents in new and existing peri-urban locations.
Animal management and animal husbandry factsheets
Cattle and the Smallholder
Hobby Farmers - Basic Nutrition for Cattle (170Kb)
Body Conditioning Scoring of Beef Cattle (96Kb)
Body Condition Scoring of Dairy Cattle - Dairy Australia
Sheep - Guide for Hobby Farmers and Smallholders
Caring for sheep in extreme weather
Diseases in sheep - Sheep Connect
Basic Nutrition for Sheep
Animal Welfare Guidelines - Sheep
Body Condition Scoring of Sheep (224Kb)
Hobby Farmers, Worms and Sheep
Worm Testing (125Kb)
Worm control program for sheep in Tasmania - WormBoss
Chickens (including eggs) and other poultry
Information Sheet - Producing Safe Eggs at Home
Information Sheet - Egg Food Safety Scheme (Small Commercial and Home Egg Producers)
Animal Welfare Guidelines - Goat
Goats and the Smallholder
Goats and Johne's Disease (362Kb)
Goats and Worms
Worm Testing (125Kb)
Worm control program for goats in Tasmania - WormBoss
Everyday Biosecurity for Horse Owners
Horses and the Smallholder
Basic Nutrition for Horses (54Kb)
Body Condition Scoring of Horses (104Kb)
LabFact Equine Wormtest - What is it? (176Kb)
Equine Wormtest Advice Form (37Kb)
My pig is sick – what should I do? (142Kb)
Basic health and welfare tips for Pigs (194Kb)
The Backyard Pig
Companion Handbook to the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Pigs
Pigs and the Smallholder
Model code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Pigs
Animals and emergency planning
General advice can be found at
animals and emergency planning and additional factsheets below:
RSPCA Emergency Stress Management for Domestic Pets
FAQ Accessing Fodder in Emergency Situations
Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet 1 Planning - The key to survival for you and your horses
Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet 2 Preparation - The key to survival for you and your horses
Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet 5 My Equine Emergency Plan and Horses Vital Signs