Current Biosecurity Alerts

​​Foot-and-mouth disease and lumpy skin disease

Foot-and-mouth Disease (FMD) and lumpy skin sisease (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, with FMD now detected in Bali. Due to Indonesia’s proximity to our northern border and the high volume of passenger travel to Australia from the region, the current situation presents a high biosecurity risk to Australia. The diseases have not been detected in Australia.


General Biosecurity Direction issued 13 July 2022

To address the threat imposed by these diseases, Tasmania’s Chief Veterinary Officer has put in place a General Biosecurity Direction under the Biosecurity Act 2019​ to provide an additional layer of protection to Tasmania.

The Direction came into effect at 12:00 AM 13 July and remains in effect for six months, unless revoked earlier. The Direction applies to all persons, and states that:

A person must not import into Tasmania any animal, animal product or other thing that may reasonably be suspected of being a carrier of foot-and-mouth disease virus or lumpy skin disease virus.

A person must not import into Tasmania any footwear, clothing, baggage, or other similar item that –

  • in the 12 months preceding the date of this notice, has been in a place outside of Australia where foot-and-mouth disease or lumpy skin disease has been detected; and

  • has not undergone a cleaning and disinfection process to ensure that it is free from foot-and-mouth disease virus and lumpy skin disease virus.​

Download the General Biosecurity Direction:

 CVO Tas GBD0222 Foot and Mouth 20220713 (PDF 169Kb)​

Travellers from Indonesia and Bali are asked to present themselves to a Biosecurity Tasmania Officer upon arrival into the state. Officers will be checking that none of the above products have been imported.

For more information visit our webpage Travelling to Tasmania from Indonesia or Bali.
Overseas cow with lumpy skin disease. Image: Michael Patching.

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

Visit the webpages Foot and Mouth Disease or Lumpy Skin Disease​ for more information.

​​​​​​​​​​​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 webpage Varroa mite for more information.

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

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 webpage Queensland fruit fly​ for further information.

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Biosecurity Enquiries
Phone: 03 6165 3777