Import Requirement 38B - (Importation of Nursery Stock by Best Practice Biosecurity)


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

38B   Importation of Nursery Stock by Best Practice Biosecurity

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any nursery stock except in accordance with the following:

I.         CONDITIONS FOR TASMANIAN NURSERY STOCK IMPORTER

(a)     IMPORTER MUST RECEIVE NURSERY STOCK FROM NIASA-ACCREDITED SUPPLIERS ONLY

Importer must:

(i)       identify and maintain updated lists of mainland plant suppliers that are either Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme, Australia (NIASA) - accredited or non-NIASA accredited; and

(ii)     maintain copies of NoIs, packing lists and Material Dispatch Inspection Records for each imported consignment.

(b)     IMPORTER MUST RECEIVE NURSERY STOCK INTO CLEAN FACILITY

Importer must ensure nursery stock is received only into an area that:

(i)       is separate from growing areas; and

(ii)     has a hard, well drained surface; and

(iii)    is clean, well-organised, and free of pests.

(c)     IMPORTER MUST INSPECT NURSERY STOCK IN RECEIVAL AREA BEFORE ON-GROWING, DISPLAY, SALE OR DISTRIBUTION IN TASMANIA

Importer must undertake:

(i)       thorough on-arrival inspections of nursery stock; and

(ii)   appropriate response in the event of pest detection.

(d)     IMPORTER MUST MAINTAIN PLANT PEST INCURSION RESPONSE PLAN

Importer must maintain a Plant Pest Incursion Response Plan that demonstrates adequate preparation for containing and eradicating new plant pests, whether these arise from imported nursery stock or other sources.

(e)     IMPORTER MUST ENSURE STAFF ARE COMPETENT IN PEST MANAGEMENT

Importer must ensure plant pest management training for staff who deal with imported nursery stock on arrival.

(f)      IMPORTER MUST REGISTER AS A DPIPWE BIOSECURITY STAKEHOLDER AND HAVE CURRENT COPY OF TASMANIAN PLANT PEST REGULATIONS

Importer must:

(i)       register as a Tasmanian biosecurity stakeholder; and

(ii)     ensure all relevant staff view DPIPWE Biosecurity Advisories; and

(iii)    obtain up to date copies of the Tasmanian Plant Biosecurity Manual and regulated plant pest lists.

II.       CONDITIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN MAINLAND NURSERY STOCK SUPPLIER

(a)         SUPPLIER MUST HAVE NIASA ACCREDITATION

Supplier must have:

(i)       current NIASA production nursery accreditation; and

(ii)     a NIASA audit history that demonstrates compliance with biosecurity relevant NIASA criteria.

(b)         SUPPLIER MUST ENSURE CLEAN MOTHERSTOCK

Supplier must:

(i)       identify nursery stock sources as either NIASA-accredited or non-NIASA accredited, and maintain lists of both; and 

(ii)     inspect all incoming stock on arrival, and record the inspection results and responses to pest detection; and

(iii)     isolate, treat and monitor stock from non-NIASA accredited sources.

(c)         SUPPLIER MUST USE CLEAN POTTING MEDIUM

Supplier must:

(i)       Identify media suppliers as either NIASA-accredited or non-NIASA accredited and maintain lists of both; and

(ii)     treat media from non-NIASA accredited media suppliers in accord with BioSecure HACCP guidelines.

(d)         SUPPLIER MUST USE CLEAN POTS AND PACKAGING

Supplier must:

(i)       use new, clean pots and packaging; or

(ii)     treat used pots and packaging in accord with BioSecure HACCP guidelines; and

(iii)    store all pots and packaging above ground level and maintain them free of soil, potting media, debris, pests

(e)         SUPPLIER MUST PREPARE AND DISPATCH NURSERY STOCK FROM CLEAN AREAS

Supplier must ensure nursery stock preparation and dispatch areas:

(i)       are separate from growing areas; and

(ii)     have a hard, well drained surface; and

(iii)    are clean, well-organised, and free of pests.

(f)          SUPPLIER MUST INSPECT NURSERY STOCK FOR DISPATCH TO TASMANIA

Supplier must undertake:

(i)       thorough inspections of nursery stock; and

(ii)     appropriate response in the event of pest detection

(g)         SUPPLIER MUST MAINTAIN PEST INCURSION RESPONSE PLAN

Supplier must maintain a Plant Pest Incursion Response Plan that demonstrates adequate preparation for dealing with new plant pests, and for preventing export of nursery stock to Tasmania until the incursion is eradicated.

(h)         SUPPLIER MUST PACKAGE NURSERY STOCK FOR SECURE TRANSIT TO TASMANIA

Supplier must package nursery stock in a way that prevents contamination during transport to Tasmania.

(i)           SUPPLIER MUST ARRANGE SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL OF NURSERY STOCK IN TASMANIA

Supplier must:

(i)       Complete a NoI, and attach packing list and Dispatch Inspection Record to NoI; and

(ii)     Liaise with Tasmanian importer/s to ensure documents in Clause II(i)(i) are submitted at least 24hrs prior to nursery stock arriving in Tasmania.

(j)           SUPPLIER MUST ENSURE STAFF ARE COMPETENT IN PEST MANAGEMENT

Supplier must ensure plant pest management training for staff who deal with nursery stock for export.

(k)         SUPPLIER MUST REGISTER AS A DPIPWE BIOSECURITY STAKEHOLDER AND HAVE CURRENT COPY OF TASMANIAN PLANT PEST REGULATIONS

Supplier must:

(i)       register as a Tasmanian biosecurity stakeholder; and

(ii)     ensure all relevant staff view DPIPWE Biosecurity Advisories; and

(iii)    obtain copies of the Tasmanian Plant Biosecurity Manual and regulated plant pest lists.

Glossary

NGIA means Nursery and Garden Industry Australia

NIASA means Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme, Australia

NIASA guidelines means the NGIT ‘Best Practice Management Guidelines’

BioSecure HACCP means the NGIT ‘Guidelines for Managing Biosecurity in Nursery Production’.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE:

·         Enquiries about applying for approval to import nursery stock on the basis of best practice biosecurity for the purpose of IR38B can be made to Plant Biosecurity & Diagnostics Branch at biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au



For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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