Current Biosecurity Alerts

​​​​​​​​​Varroa mite

Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) have recently (June 2022) been detected in biosecurity surveillance hives in Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW). The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) have put in place a biosecurity emergency response to the detection. Movement restrictions for European honey bees (Apis mellifera) are in place for the whole of NSW.

cllose up of European honey bee with varroa mite on back

As a result of the NSW detection, all Tasmanian beekeepers are advised to remain vigilant in closely monitoring their colonies for any signs of the varroa mite.
Varroa destructor is not established in Australia. Australia is one of the few counties in the world to remain free of varroa mite.

Visit the varroa mite webpage for more information.

See NSW DPI for up-to-date information on the NS​W varroa mite response​.

Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) have been detected in a range of locations throughout the world, however most recently, these animal diseases have also been identified as being present in Indonesia. Due to Indonesia’s proximity to our northern border the current situation presents a high biosecurity risk to Australia. The diseases have not been detected in Australia.

Overseas cow with lumpy skin disease. Image: Michael Patching.

Overseas cow with lumpy skin disease. Image: Michael Patching.
Photo: Michael Patching

Visit the Foot and Mouth Disease webpage for more information.

Visit the Lumpy Skin Disease webpage​ for more information.

Que​​ensland fruit fly


Tasmania is free of fruit fly and it is important for our horticultural industries, our economy and way of life that we remain vigilant for signs of fruit fly.

Routine biosecurity measures continue around the state that contribute to protecting Tasmania from introduced pests and diseases, including:

  • regular checking of the permanent fruit fly trap network across Tasmania.

  • imposing strict requirements for the import of produce before it enters Tasmania.

  • conducting targeted inspections of produce as it enters Tasmania.

  • checking passengers, luggage, freight and mail at the border.

If you see what you think may be signs of Queensland fruit fly contact Biosecurity Tasmania immediately on (03) 6165 3777.

Visit the Queensland fruit fly webpage​ for further information. 

​National Biosecurity Response Status


Biosecurity Enquiries
Phone: 03 6165 3777