Australia is free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), and Tasmania’s strong biosecurity system continues to protect our economy, environment, and agricultural and tourism industries from the harmful impacts of pests and diseases.
Following the detection of FMD in Indonesia in May 2022, Biosecurity Tasmania acted swiftly and decisively, implementing additional protections at our border Statewide and undertaking an extensive communications blitz to increase traveller awareness of the animal disease.
In addition to our existing strong biosecurity protections, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania launched a temporary pilot program - Tasmanian Foot and Mouth Disease Border Pilot, which included additional fixed term staff to provide specific FMD border protection and sanitation mats.
Biosecurity Tasmania engaged with an independent expert on border biosecurity to review the temporary FMD Border Pilot. The following report has been finalised and can be viewed below:
Independent Review of Tasmanian Border Pilot Project_Final Report (PDF 1Mb)