General Biosecurity Directions

​​​​​​A general biosecurity direction is a direction that applies to the public generally or to a specified class of persons. A general biosecurity direction may be issued by publication on the NRE Tas website or in the Tasmanian Government Gazette. It is an offence for a person to contravene a biosecurity direction (penalty of 2500 penalty units for a body corporate and 500 penalty units for a natural person).

Below is a compiled list of all current general biosecurity directions that have been issued under section 192 of the Biosecurity Act 2019 and are currently in force. An archive of general biosecurity directions that have been issued but are no longer in force is also provided.

Bees, Apiary Products and Used Apiary Equipment - General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency)

Due to the ongoing response to Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) in NSW, the Tasmanian Chief Plant Protection Officer has put in place an extension to General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency) to further prevent the introduction of this honeybee parasite into Tasmania.

This Direction will come into effect as of 5pm on Wednesday ​6 July 2023 and remains in effect for 6 months, unless it is revoked earlier.​

 General Biosecurity Direction (Emergency) Honey Bees (PDF 68Kb)


Livestock Traceability

The Chief Veterinary Officer has determined that the current risk posed to Tasmania from foot-and-mouth disease and lumpy skin disease requires the issue of a General Biosecurity Direction requiring the owners of sheep and goats to notify the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database and in the case of pigs, Pig Pass, of the movements of their animals.

NOTE: it is an offence under section 200 of the Biosecurity Act 2019 to not comply with a Biosecurity Direction that is in force.

 General Biosecurity Direction - Livestock Traceability (PDF 409Kb) (issued 06/07/2022 - extended to 06/07/2023)​


The Animal Health (Apiaries) Regulations 2011 expired on 26 December 2021.

Transitional arrangements under the Biosecurity Act 2019, known as a General Biosecurity Direction (BD), have been put in place to extend the current Regulation requirements, while Tasmanian beekeepers have an opportunity to register under new compulsory registration arrangements​.​

 General Biosecurity Direction (Apiaries) 15.12.22 (PDF 79Kb) (issued 15/12/2022, expires 15/12/2027)

Small Hive Beetle

Tasmania's Chief Plant Protection Officer declared a General Biosecurity Direction, which establishes a 15 km Bee Movement Restriction Area around the detection site, restricting the movement of bees and bee products within, into and out of the zone. ​Effective from Wednesday 29 November 2023, the Bee Movement Restriction Area (BMRA) as declared in the General Biosecurity Direction was reduced to a radius of 1.5km.

 General Biosecurity Direction (Small Hive Beetle) 29 November 2023 (PDF 369Kb)  (issued 29/11/2023, expires 29/05/2024 unless revoked earlier.)​

​Expired Directions

General Biosecurity Direction - Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease - Issued 13/07/2022, expired 13/01/2023

General Biosecurity Direction - Small Hive Beetle - Issued 8/03/2023, expired 21/04/2023

General Biosecurity Direction - Potato virus Y NTN Strain - issued 31/03/2023, expired 30/09/2023


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