Biosecurity is not just an international threat – it’s a domestic problem too.
While we may be familiar with airport and international biosecurity measures, our first thought may not be about biosecurity when hit the road to see what makes Australia so great. But it should be.
Many diseases, weeds and pests of both international and domestic origin threaten Australia’s pristine environment and our economy. While some are familiar and easily identified, others are not. The important thing to remember is that most can be spread quickly and without notice, causing devastating consequences.
Items to think about
When travelling on holiday, it’s easy, and sometimes necessary, to pack things that we wouldn’t take or use everyday. While most items are fine, there are some things that could cause environmental risk in some areas.
Items that could cause problems in some regions include:
- animals and animal products
- fishing equipment, bait and berley
- fruit and vegetables
- soil, plants and plant products
- agricultural equipment
- vehicles including as boats, bikes and jetskis
Because we know how good a trip on the road can be, we want you to be well-prepared. Being asked to dump items, or worse – be turned away altogether, can be devastating, so to help you avoid disappointment, or a potential fine, we put together several things you should take the time to do before you leave:
- Check before you travel. Quarantine regulations are different in every State and Territory and can change regularly. Always check your destination’s Biosecurity website for relevant, up-to-date information.
- If in doubt, throw it out. Safely dispose restricted items and rubbish and do not throw anything overboard while on your boat.
- Stay clean. Just like a reliability and safety check, you also need to check for pests, weeds, seeds and dirt and keep everything clean at all times.
- Stay alert. Be on the watch for something odd or different – you just might spot an invasive plant, weed, noxious fish or signs of disease.
- Buy Local. Support local suppliers and buy Australian. Imported food, animal products, bait or berley could potentially harbour exotic diseases.
- Protect your pet. Visit your vet before your trip for a pet health check, vaccination update and advice on potential threats at your destination.
If you see something unusual, follow these three steps:
- Snap and Log. Take a photo of the suspected disease or pest and log the location where you found it so that it can be easily located.
- Collect. If safe, try to collect a sample, and where possible, refrigerate it. But always remember to keep yourself and your family safe and free from contamination.
- Report. Contact the local biosecurity office and report the suspected disease or pest.
Enjoy Your Trip
Like us, you know how great Australia and Queensland are, and understand how important it is to keep it that way. Everyone who lives here, or just visits, has a responsibility towards biosecurity and protecting Australia’s environment and economy. So before every trip, take a few minutes to understand how you can make a difference and help keep Australia clean, green and beautiful!