Restricted Matter

​​​​​​​​​Definition of "restr​icted matter"

Secti​on 21 of the Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act) defines “restricted matter” as follows:

21. Restricted matter

​(1) Biosecurity matter or a carrier, or a class of biosecurity matter or carriers, is restricted matter if –

(a) it is an animal or plant, or an animal or plant product, that is not permitted matter or prohibited matter; or
(b) it is an animal disease or plant disease that is not permitted matter or prohibited matter; or

(c) it is declared by the Minister under subsection (2) to be restricted matter.

(2) The Minister may, by notice published in the Gazette, declare biosecurity matter or a carrier, or a class of biosecurity matter or carriers, to be restricted matter if the Minister is satisfied on reasonable grounds that –

(a) the biosecurity matter or carrier, or class of biosecurity matter or carriers, poses a biosecurity risk to Tasmania or a part of Tasmania; and

​(b) the declaration is necessary to prevent, eliminate, minimise, control or manage the biosecurity risk posed by the biosecurity matter or carrier, or class of biosecurity matter or carriers.

 The importation of restricted matter into Tasmania (except under a permit) is an offence under sectio​n 75​ of the Act. ​

Current list of restricted matter

  1. ​All plants and plant products that are not permitted matter or prohibited matter​
  2. All animals and animal products that are not permitted matter or prohibited matter
  3. All animal diseases that are not permitted matter or prohibited matter​
  4. All plant diseases and pests​ that are not permitted matter or prohibited matter
  5. Soil
  6. Restricted animal fittings
  7. Restricted horticultural material
  8. Any living plants, fruit, seed, tissue culture, pollen, cut flowers, foliage and stems of any plant of the Family Myrtaceae that has been grown or packed in any part of Australia outside of Tasmania
  9. Any plant known to be a genetically modified organism, within the meaning of the Gene Technology Act 2000 (CTH)
  10. Any plant known to be an "SDN-1 modified organism", being an organism (other than a genetically modified organism) that - 
             a) has been modified by repair of a single strand or double strand breaks of genomic DNA induced by a site directed nuclease, if a nucleic acid template was not added to guide homology directed repair; or
              b) has inherited particular traits from an organism (the initial organism), being traits that occured in the initial organism because of a modification of the type described in subparagraph (a) above.


​For the purposes of this list:

restricted animal fitting includes –

(a) any box, stall, cage, enclosure, tank, pen, hive, water, or other thing, that has been used for containing an animal that is not permitted matter; and

(b) any harness, saddlery, rope, net, aquarium pump, bucket, trough, bedding, utensil, implement, equipment, or other thing, that has been used in the transportation, capture, breeding, feeding, handling or keeping of an animal, or animal product that is not permitted matter; and

"restricted horticultural material includes any plant, and any –

(a) animal product and animal fitting; and

(b) harvest-equipment, machinery, vehicle, container, pot, soil, structure, tool or other thing – that is, or has been, used to carry, hold, handle, cultivate, propagate, grow, harvest, process or produce any plant or plant product that is not permitted matter; and

​​“soil means the top layer of the earth, consisting of rock and mineral particulates that may be mixed with organic matter in which plants grow or are grown.

​Restricted Seeds of significant biosecurity concern

​If restricted seeds are found as contaminants of plants or plant products at the biosecurity barrier, the import will be assessed, and regulartory action will be taken to prevent their entry. Regulatory action may include re-export or destruction of consignment.

Plants or Plant Products

​Acanthospermum hispidum
​Starburr​
Ageratina spp. ​(syn. Eupatorium spp.) (including A. adenophora (syn. E. adenophorum), & A. riparia)
​White snakeweeds, croton weed, mistflowers, bonesets
Alhagi maurorum ​​(syn. Alhagi pseudalhagi​)
​Camel thorn​
​Alternanthera pungens​
​Khaki weed
​Ambrosia spp.
​Ragweeds
​Amelichloa brachychaeta (syn. Achnatherum brachychaetum)
​narrow kernel espartillo
​Argemone spp.
​Mexican poppy, American poppy
​Baccharis halimifolia
​Groundsel bush
Bidens pilosa
​Cobbler's pegs
Calicotome spinosa
​Spiny broom
​Calotropis procera
​Calotrope
​​Carthamus leucocaulos (syn. C. glaucus)
​Glaucous star thistle
​Centaurea solstitalis
St Barnarby's thistle, golden star thistle
​Cestrum parqui
​green cestrum, green poison berry
​Conringia orientalis
​Hare's ear, treacle mustard
​Echium italicum
​Italian bugloss
Euphorbia drummondii (syn. Chamaesyce drummondii)
​flat spurge, caustic weed
​Euphorbia esula
​Leafy spurge
​Euphorbia lathyris
​Caper spurge
Harrisia spp (syn Eriocereus spp.)
​harrisia cactus, moon cactus, snake cactus
​​Helenium amarum
​Bitter sneeze weeds, American sneezeweed
​Helianthus ciliaris

​Texas blueweed

​Heliotropium amplexicaule
​Blue heliotrope
​​Ibicella lutea
​Yellow-flowered devil's claw
​Iva axillaris
​Poverty weed
​Martynia annua
​Devil's claw
​Myagrum perfolatum
​Muskweed
​Nicandra physalodes
​Apple of peru, Chinese lantern
Oenothera lindheimeri (syn. Gaura lindheimeri)
​clockweed, butterfly bush
​​Oxalis spp.
​Oxalis, wood sorrels, pink shamrock
​Pascalia gluaca (syn. Wedelia glauca)
​Pascalia weed
​Parapholis spp. (Aegilops spp.)
​Goatgrass
​Parthenium hysterophorus
​Parthenium weed
​Picnomon acarna
​Soldier thistle
Proboscidea louisianica
​Purple flowered devil's claw
Salvia aethiopis
​Mediterranean sage, African sage
Salvia reflexa
​Mintweed
Scolymus hispanicus
​Golden thistle
​Scolymus maculatus
​Spotted thistle
Senecio pterophorus
​African daisy
​Setaria spp. (except Setaria italica and Setaria sphacelata)
​Pigeon grass
​​Solanum dimiditum (Solanum carolinense)
​Carolina horse nettle
​Sonchus arvensis
​Corn sowthistle
Sorghum almum
​Columbus grass
Sorghum halepense
​Johnson grass
​Stachytarpheta spp.
​Snakeweeds
Toxicodendron radicans
​Poison ivy​

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