Import Requirement 38 - Nursery Stock

Prior to import, a ‘Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania’ must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania

38     Nursery Stock

This Import Requirement (IR 38) provides five options for people who wish to bring or send nursery stock into Tasmania. Nursery stock means plants in soil-less potting media, bulbs, corms and rhizomes, and bare-rooted plants or cuttings (including budwood and scionwood), with or without leaves. It does not include plant tissue cultures, cut flowers, seeds or bagged or bulk potting media. Separate conditions and restrictions apply to those items. Prospective importers should consult other parts of this manual as relevant, or confirm conditions and restrictions with Biosecurity Tasmania’s Biosecurity Operations Branch.

In summary, the five options are:

IR38 A - specifies in part a chemical treatment regime that reflects ICA – 29 (Treatment of Nursery Stock and Soil-less Media). Under IR38A, pest risk is primarily managed prior to export. Use of IR38A is subject to certification by interstate biosecurity officials, or certification by ICA -29 accredited businesses.

IR38B – specifies conditions based on the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) standards for biosecurity which underpin the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme, Australia (NIASA). Under IR38B, pest risk is managed prior to export and in Tasmania, at around the same level. Use of IR38B is subject to DPIPWE assessment, approval and audit of Tasmanian importers and mainland suppliers.

IR38C – This IR is revoked from 19th December 2012.

IR38D – recognises that individual nursery stock importers in Tasmania or mainland suppliers may propose ways of managing pest risk to a level equivalent to that achieved by the other three options. Use of IR38D is subject to DPIPWE assessment, approval and, potentially, audit of Tasmanian importers and/or mainland suppliers.

IR38E – specifies conditions based on the Nursery and Garden Industry (NGIA) BioSecure HACCP program. Under IR38E, pest risk management is undertaken prior to export to Tasmania by a business certified under the BioSecure HACCP scheme and found competent in, and authorised to apply, a relevant Entry Condition Compliance Procedure (ECCP). Use of IR38E is subject to certification by BioSecure HACCP certified businesses.

Importers need only meet one of the five options for any particular type of nursery stock. However, consignments may be comprised of several types of nursery stock that meet different options, provided import documents show the specific option with which each type of nursery stock complies. Importers must comply with IR 38 AND other IRs in this manual that apply to specific pests of nursery stock, and any other relevant conditions and restrictions currently in effect for plants and plant products. Annex 1 outlines the relation between IR 38, other IRs, and other current conditions and restrictions for plants and plant products. Biosecurity Tasmania and interstate biosecurity authorities maintain the right to inspect certified nursery stock at any time, and to refuse to accept it if it does not meet all relevant conditions and restrictions, or if import documents do not clearly indicate the nursery stock meets those conditions and restrictions. Chemical use permits referred to in this Import Requirement are permits issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. It is the user’s responsibility to ensure any chemical treatment specified in or otherwise part of any Import Requirement option, is undertaken in accord with relevant federal and state legislation for chemical registration and safe use. The DPIPWE accepts no liability for any loss or damage resulting from chemical treatment applied for the purpose of this Import Requirement.

Annex 1 (IR 38): Relation of Current Tasmanian Plant Regulations to IR 38A - Nursery Stock

Tasmanian Regulation


Relation to IR 38




S 67 restriction on importation of Myrtaceae

Importation ban for myrtle rust covering myrtaceous plants, cut flowers, foliage and stems

Compliance with IR 38 does not override importation ban

Import Requirements



Import Requirements 1 -8A

Fruit fly host produce, fruit and fruiting vegetables only


Import Requirement 9

Potatoes in respect of 3 pests, including tissue culture and mini-tubers


Import Requirement 10

Hosts and vectors of grape phylloxera, including  Vitis cuttings

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 10

Import Requirement 11

Hosts and vectors of onion smut and Iris Yellow Spot Tospovirus, including Allium bulbs and seedlings for planting

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 11

Import Requirement 12

Hosts and vectors of pea weevil


Import Requirement 13

Hosts of boil smut: REVOKED


Import Requirement 14

Hosts of Chrysanthemum white rust: REVOKED


Import Requirement 15

Vectors of Red Imported Fire Ant, including potted nursery stock from Queensland

In regard to granular, drench and dip insecticidal treatments, IR 38 Clause II (a) is the same as IR 15 Clause I (b)(i)

Import Requirement 16

Hosts of San Jose Scale: REVOKED


Import Requirement 17

Hosts of Tobacco blue mould: REVOKED


Import Requirement 18

Hosts of fire blight, including various plants

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 18

Import Requirement 19

Hosts of Western Flower Thrips: REVOKED


Import Requirement 20

Hosts of melon thrips: REVOKED


Import Requirement 21

Seed of pyrethrum: REVOKED


Import Requirement 22

Hosts and vectors of lupin anthracnose, including lupin plants

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate need to comply with IR 22

Import Requirement 23

Hosts of spiralling whitefly: REVOKED


Import Requirement 24

Hosts of Ash Whitefly: REVOKED


Import Requirement 25

Vectors of green snail, including nursery stock from WA: REVOKED


*NOTE: Green Snail Host Produce from Victoria

All host material from specified area of Victoria where Green Snail incursions are being eradicated and contained

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with conditions and restriction on Green Snail Host material from Victoria.

Import Requirement 26

Argentine Ant: REVOKED


Import Requirement 27

Hosts and vectors of chickpea blight, including chickpea plants

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 27

Import Requirement 28

Hosts and vectors of blueberry rust including Vaccinium and other host plants

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 28

Import Requirement 29

Plants and bulbs of all species from areas in Victoria where potato cyst nematode occurs

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 29.

Import Requirement 30

Weeds, pests and diseases of animal feed


Import Requirement 31

Hosts and vectors of Citrus Canker

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 31

Import Requirement 32

Freedom from genetically modified material - canola seed and grain


Import Requirement 33

Hosts of Silverleaf Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci Gennadius) and Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV)

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 33

Import Requirement 34

Hosts of Impatiens Downy Mildew: REVOKED


Import Requirement 35

Hosts of pepper anthracnose: REVOKED


Import Requirement 36

Seeds for sowing


Import Requirement 37

Soil and plant samples for analysis


Import Requirement 39

Agricultural Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles (New and Used)


Import Requirement 40

European House Borer - Vectors


Import Requirement 41

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Splitting and Reconsigning


Import Requirement 42

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Table Grapes


Import Requirement 43

Fruit Fly Host Produce - Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Stone Fruit, Pome Fruit, Persimmons and Blueberries


Import Requirement 44

Fruit Fly Host Produce – Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Tomatoes, Capsicums, Chillies and Eggplants


Import Requirement 45

Fruit Fly & Grape Phylloxera Host Produce – Repacking and Composite Lots


Import Requirement 46

Tomato Potato Psyllid – Hosts and Vectors

Compliance with IR 38 does not negate the need to comply with IR 46

Note: N/A = Not Applicable

For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550

Blueberry Rust (BR) - Invasive Species
Citrus Canker (CC)
Declared Weeds (DW)
Fire Blight (FB)
Genetically Modified Plants (GMP)
Grape Phylloxera (GP)
Lupin Anthracnose (LA)
Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF)
Myrtle Rust (MR)
Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN)
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)
Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA)
Silverleaf Whitefly (SLWF)

Import Requirement

ICA-29: Treatment of Nursery Stock and Soil-less Media