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 will soon be commencing construction of the $3.7 million sterile insect technology facility at Port Augusta to help combat the threat of fruit fly and further South Australia’s premium, clean reputation.
Pet vaccine reminder ahead of new moves to tackle wild rabbitsSouth Australian pet rabbit owners and commercial rabbit farmers are reminded to make sure vaccinations are up to date ahead of the national release of the new strain of calicivirus RHDV1 K5 next month to manage the growing feral rabbit population.…Read more about Pet vaccine reminder ahead of new moves to tackle wild rabbits
Fruit Fly Watch Weekend: keep SA fruit fly freeThis weekend Adelaide residents are asked to check their fruit trees and report any signs of maggots in fallen or spoiled fruit which may indicate the presence of fruit fly.Read more about Fruit Fly Watch Weekend: keep SA fruit fly free
Ban on importing raw crustaceans from south-east QueenslandThe South Australian Government has implemented a ban on importing raw crustaceans and bait worms sourced from the Logan River area in south-east Queensland, following the detection of White Spot Disease (WSD) in Queensland.Read more about Ban on importing raw crustaceans from south-east Queensland
Stopping the threat of fruit fly at every turnFrom quarantine stations and roadblocks to a new public awareness campaign, the South Australian Government is stopping the threat of fruit fly, one of the most destructive fruit pests which can destroy commercial crops and home gardens, at every tur…Read more about Stopping the threat of fruit fly at every turn
Animal health threats continue with wet weatherLivestock producers are being advised by PIRSA to review standard endemic disease management procedures on their properties.Read more about Animal health threats continue with wet weather
Disease alert - Pulpy Kidney - Flinders RangesLivestock producers in the Hawker/Cradock and Flinders Ranges region are being advised that pulpy kidney (enterotaxaemia) may be contributing to recent livestock deaths in the area and they should vaccinate as soon as possible.Read more about Disease alert - Pulpy Kidney - Flinders Ranges
Indonesian recognition for Riverland Pest Free AreaIn a huge boost for the State’s Riverland, the Indonesian Government has formally recognised it as a Pest Free Area (PFA).Read more about Indonesian recognition for Riverland Pest Free Area
SA Wild Dog Strategic Plan to protect South Australia's livestockThe $1.55 million South Australian Wild Dog Strategic Plan today released by the State Government provides a blueprint for wild dog management across the State.Read more about SA Wild Dog Strategic Plan to protect South Australia's livestock
World-leading facility boosts national defence against fruit flySouth Australia's world-leading $3.8 million fruit fly facility will be officially opened today providing a powerful new line of defence against one of horticulture's most damaging pests.Read more about World-leading facility boosts national defence against fruit fly
Be vigilant for signs of Giant Pine ScaleArborists, gardeners and tree surgeons have been reminded to keep their eyes open for Giant Pine Scale and to report all suspected signs of the pest insect.Read more about Be vigilant for signs of Giant Pine Scale
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Stirling Laneways MarketDates for 2016-17:25 September23 October27 November18 December22 January26 February26 March23 April (Season Finale)Time: 10.00am until 4.00pm Location: Stirling, Adelaide HillsMore informati...
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- 15 Feb
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...
- 8 Feb
Sand Crab kill at TennysonPIRSA is aware of dead sand crabs at Tennyson Beach and is currently investigating the issue. A site inspection is being conducted today along with samples collected to determine the cause o...
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.
National Sterile Insect Technology Facility - Port Augusta
Fruit flies are the world’s worst fruit pest, destroying fruit and vegetables in commercial crops and home gardens. The Queensland fruit fly, or Q-fly, is a major pest to our fruit and vegetable crops in Australia.