Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Quarantine ready as the Lions rugby team roar into Australia.

Download PDFDownload PDF


AFFA01/147WT 6 June 2001

Quarantine ready as the Lions rugby team roar into Australia

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is on full alert as the Lions rugby team players and thousands of fans arrive in Australia for the Test series due to kick off in Perth this Friday, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Warren Truss said today.

"Australia welcomes the Lions and their fans and hopes they enjoy the tour, but we will not be taking any chances that they could unwittingly carry an unwelcome hitch-hiker, such as foot and mouth disease," Mr Truss said.

"Because players, equipment and most of the fans will be arriving from the United Kingdom, AQIS is paying particular attention to footwear and other items to ensure there’s no risk of the virus landing in Australia.

"An AQIS officer in the United Kingdom inspected and pre-cleared Lions equipment for the tour.

"The officer checked two pallets of training equipment to make sure 30 pairs of boots, wheelie-bins full of tackle bags, shields, hurdles and a scrum machine all met Australia’s strict requirements to be clean from mud or substances that could carry FMD virus.

"Thousands of Lions supporters are expected to arrive in Australia over coming weeks, so AQIS inspectors are prepared for a busy time inspecting luggage, footwear and other items.

"Lions fans have been alerted to Australia's strict requirements through an advertisement in the official Lions tour magazine.

"They will also see the in-flight quarantine awareness video and be presented with foot and mouth disease information when they land.

"AQIS inspectors, detector dog teams and X-ray units will all be used to give the visitors the close attention paid to all passengers arriving from the UK, while processing visitors as speedily as possible.

"The vigilance for the Lions tour is part of Australia’s ongoing quarantine defence against the introduction of exotic pests and diseases, such as foot and mouth."

AQIS has adopted a three-pronged approach:

maintaining stringent border controls at airports, strengthened in recent months to protect against FMD virus in the United Kingdom and continental Europe; ●

pre-departure clearance of Lions’ team clothing and equipment; and ● quarantine advertising to pre-warn fans of quarantine requirements in Australia. ●

"The Federal Government announced an additional $590 million in the recent Budget for a range of measures at

airports, seaports and mail centres to further strengthen quarantine protection for Australia’s important agriculture industries and the environment," Mr Truss said.


Minister's office: Yvonne Best (02) 6277 7520 or 0418 415 772

The Hon Warren Truss MP Media Office | Media Releases | Speeches

HOME | About AFFA | Media releases | Publications | Events | Ministers | Legislation | Subscription | Forms | NEWS | Hot topics | Contact Us | Disclaimer | Feedback


Last updated 6 June 2001

URL: Commonwealth of Australia 2000