Importing plants and plant products into Tasmania
The Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania (the Manual) is the key document that sets out information, conditions and requirements regulating the import of plants and plant products into Tasmania.
The Manual contains extensive lists of plant species that are regulated for import under one or more Import Requirements (IRs). Where a species is listed, you must follow any specific import requirements relating to that species in the Manual, as well as any general requirements.
While the species listed in the Manual are extensive, the list is not exhaustive and there are many plants and plant products that are not included. This is often the case where a species has not previously been widely recognised, either commercially or by the community, for its ornamental or productive value.
A good example of this is the recent interest in growing and using native Australian plant species as a food source.
Species like finger limes, quandongs, muntries, lemon myrtle, saltbush and Warrigal greens are now on the radar as native alternatives to the edible plants most people are familiar with.
While these species are native to Australia, they do not necessarily occur in all states and territories, and can carry unwanted pests and diseases or be a risk of becoming environmental weeds that could damage Tasmania’s environment and primary industries.
If you want to import a plant or plant product that is not listed in the Manual, whether native or exotic, you should check with Biosecurity Tasmania first to ensure that any import requirements are met.
Visit the Biosecurity Tasmania website to access the current edition of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.
For more information, contact Biosecurity Tasmania via phone 03 6165 3777, or email Biosecurity.Tasmania@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Acknowledgement: reproduced from Biosecurity Advisory 13/2020 from Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment