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 animal health (disease surveillance and control), plant health (keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state), weed and pest animal control (natural resource management biosecurity), aquatic pest management, food safety, rural chemical operations and emergency management.
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, and helped safeguard South Australia’s status as a producer of premium food and wine from a clean environment.
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.
Avoid spreading CaulerpaBoat owners who sail in West Lakes, North Haven, Outer Harbor and the Port River-Barker Inlet system need to ensure their activities do not contribute to the spread of Caulerpa taxifolia (caulerpa).Read more about Avoid spreading Caulerpa
Don't get the drift - think before you sprayThink about neighbours, particularly with vineyards, and don't underestimate the potential distance of impact before spraying weeds this spring, PIRSA is warning crop producers.Read more about Don't get the drift - think before you spray
End to illegal hunting on private and public landSouth Australians are reminded that any hunting of pest animals on public land without written authority is prohibited, following recent concerns over public safety and shootings of livestock.Read more about End to illegal hunting on private and public land
Are your NLIS documents complete?Sheep and goat producers are being reminded to ensure stock are correctly identified and that the National Vendor Declaration (NVD) is correctly filled out before leaving their property.Read more about Are your NLIS documents complete?
A role for all under SA biosecurity policy to tackle pests & diseasesEveryone has a role to play in protecting the state’s premium produce from pests and diseases under the updated State Biosecurity Policy 2017-21 launched today at the Royal Adelaide Show.Read more about A role for all under SA biosecurity policy to tackle pests & diseases
Spring blitz for animal healthSpring is on the way and livestock producers being reminded to ensure they are ready to protect their animals against a range of animal health risks this season.Read more about Spring blitz for animal health
Modified vaccination arrangements for Johne's disease in sheepSheep producers are reminded that a modified approach to the vaccination subsidy for Johne’s disease (JD) in sheep is now in effect in South Australia through an industry endorsed and funded regulated program.Read more about Modified vaccination arrangements for Johne's disease in sheep
Mice baiting and chemical use alert to combat plagueFamers are being advised to follow best practice chemical use when combatting mice numbers, which have now reached plague proportions in some areas of South Australia.Read more about Mice baiting and chemical use alert to combat plague
Keep footrot affected sheep out of our livestock marketsWith the advent of winter Primary Industries and Regions (SA) are urging sheep producers to be vigilant in checking for virulent footrot.Read more about Keep footrot affected sheep out of our livestock markets
Transition countdown to new BJD frameworkA new national framework for the management of bovine Johne's disease (BJD) will be fully implemented on 30 June 2017 following a 12-month transition period.Read more about Transition countdown to new BJD framework
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Ferment the FestivalCelebrating cheese, wine, kombucha, gin and even chocolate, Ferment the Festival is set to showcase a huge selection of fermented food and beverages this October.The four-day festival is set...
Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia conference 2017SEGRA 2017 - Disruption : a catalyst for changeThis year's conference will focus on what are the characteristics of the great adapters and changers and how this is manifested in political, b...
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Exotic Plant Pest: Tomato Potato Psyllid and Zebra ChipBiosecurity SA has implemented a new Condition 17 of the Plant Quarantine Standard South Australia, imposing restrictions and prohibitions on hosts in the solanaceae and convolvulaceae famil...
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.