​Media Release

New biosecurity facility for horses in NSW

25 February 2015

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed a new quarantine approved facility in NSW that will enable international racehorses to undertake mandatory post entry quarantine from today—coinciding with the start of the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival.

"This new facility at Canterbury Park is the second Australian facility to provide onsite training facilities where horses can also be safely housed to manage biosecurity risks,” Minister Joyce said.

Approved by the Department of Agriculture and operated by Racing NSW, the Canterbury Park site is today home to four Japanese racehorses and a racehorse from Hong Kong due next week.

“Diseases such as Equine Influenza, piroplasmosis and glanders could seriously affect horses, their handlers and other animals. This highlights the need for appropriate biosecurity measures, including mandatory quarantine, to ensure we are safeguarding our people, animals and environment from pests and diseases found in other parts of the world,” Minister Joyce said.

“The establishment of this quarantine approved premises with training capability will allow its operators, Racing NSW, to increase the international profile of their Autumn Racing Carnival.

“It also demonstrates that Australia’s robust biosecurity system helps facilitate major race meets while still keeping our biosecurity interests at heart."

The horses are due to be released in time to compete in the Doncaster Mile, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Sydney Cups in April.

Live horses can currently be imported into Australia from selected Department of Agriculture approved countries. Each horse that enters Australia has already completed 14 days of mandatory quarantine in their country of origin and is inspected and cleared by department biosecurity and veterinary officers. The horses are then housed in a post entry quarantine facility for at least 14 further days of quarantine, observation and testing.

For more information about Australia’s import conditions visit the Department of Agriculture’s import conditions database, ICON www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity/import/icon-icd.