Biosecurity

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Biosecurity SA division manages the risks to South Australia posed by animal and plant pests and diseases, food borne illnesses, and misuse of rural chemicals.

Services provided by Biosecurity SA include:

South Australia is the only Australian mainland state that is free of fruit fly, and one of the few places in the world free of the vine-destroying pest phylloxera.

Every year the state government spends about $5 million keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state, through a range of prevention, detection and eradication measures managed by Biosecurity SA. These measures have made a significant contribution to the decrease in fruit fly outbreaks in South Australia.

Biosecurity SA has constructed a $3.8 million Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facility in Port Augusta to help combat the threat of fruit fly and further South Australia’s premium, clean reputation.

Page Last Reviewed: 10 Sep 2017

Latest news

  • Apple in a an apple tree

    South Australia commits to national fruit fly approach

    14 March

    The State Government has committed to the Commonwealth Government’s Intergovernmental Agreement on Fruit Fly Management and is now urging other states to follow.
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  • Two mature Mexican feathergrass plants growing among rocks in a garden.

    Watch out for highly invasive weeds

    13 March

    Members of the public are being urged to report three weeds which have the potential to devastate agriculture and native ecosystems in South Australia.
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  • Wild dogs

    $25 million fix required for ageing Dog Fence

    7 March

    The State Government has today released a report into the South Australian Dog Fence which outlines a return on investment of up to 48 per cent to replace sections that are more than 100 years old at a cost of $25 million.
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  • Don’t make SA mad in March – leave fruit fly at home

    28 February

    Interstate travelers heading into South Australia during ‘Mad March’ are being reminded to leave fruit at home and do not put the state at risk of fruit fly devastation.
    Read more about Don’t make SA mad in March – leave fruit fly at home
  • Caring for animals during heat

    27 February

    Animal owners are being reminded to take appropriate precautions to ensure they are properly cared as extreme temperatures are forecast to continue across the state for the rest of the week and into the weekend.
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  • Have your say on the management of declared animals in South Australia

    25 February

    The State Government is seeking views on the revised ‘List of declared animals’ and a ‘New and emerging introduced animals policy’, aimed at helping to reduce the risk of introduced animals becoming established in South Austra…
    Read more about Have your say on the management of declared animals in South Australia
  • Pack lunch right and minimise the spread of fruit fly

    20 February

    Parents living in the fruit fly outbreak area at Loxton in the Riverland are reminded to consider the contents of their children’s school lunch boxes to ensure they follow the relevant quarantine restrictions.
    Read more about Pack lunch right and minimise the spread of fruit fly
  • War declared on Loxton outbreak with sterile fly release

    15 February

    The State Government has declared war on the Loxton Queensland fruit fly outbreak with the release of millions of sterile flies beginning this week in a major assault to get rid of the pest.
    Read more about War declared on Loxton outbreak with sterile fly release
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    Don’t get the drift - think before you spray

    31 January

    With recent hot weather think about your neighbours, particularly those with vineyards, and don’t underestimate the potential distance of impact before spraying summer weeds, PIRSA Biosecurity SA reminds producers.
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  • Pacific Oyster

    SA oyster industry on the road to recovery

    31 January

    The South Australian oyster industry is a step closer to recovery - no longer needing government supplied juvenile oysters (spat) - and able to rely solely on spat produced by four commercial Eyre Peninsula suppliers.
    Read more about SA oyster industry on the road to recovery
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  • Food safety

    Securing South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Industry. The Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Food Safety Program was established to administer a legislative framework that applies food safety regulation to primary industry sectors.

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