Emergency Plant Pests
Call the Emergency Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881 to report any pest or disease that you believe could be an Emergency Plant Pest. Calls to the Hotline are free on landline phones.
What are Emergency Plant Pests
Emergency Plant Pests are pests and diseases of such concern they are considered a national threat. Emergency Plant Pests are either:
- not present in Australia
- present in Australia and under an official containment and/or eradication program.
Anyone who suspects or diagnoses an Emergency Plant Pest is legally required to report it immediately. Failure to report may result in a fine or prosecution, see Section 2 - Part 3 - Declaration of Pests in the Plant Quarantine Standard South Australia.
List of Emergency Plant Pests
A full list of Emergency Plant Pests is shown in:
- Section 2 - Part 3 - Declaration of Pests in the Plant Quarantine Standard South Australia.
The top most significant plant pests and diseases not present in Australia are:
- Asiatic and African citrus psyllids ()
- Brown marmorated stink bug ()
- Citrus canker ()
- Citrus variegated chlorosis (CVC) ()
- Glassy-winged sharpshooter () – a vector for Xylella fastidiosa
- Gypsy moths ()
- Huanglongbing (HLB) ()
- Karnal bunt ()
- Khapra beetle ()
- Olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) - Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca ()
- Zebra chip ()
Plant pests and diseases of significant concern present in Australia but under official control are:
- Australian plague locust
- Blueberry rust ()
- Citrus blight disease ()
- Citrus red mite ()
- Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) ()
- Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus
- European house borer
- Fruit fly
- Fusarium wilt of tomato ()
- Giant pine scale
- Green snail
- Melon thrips ()
- Myrtle rust
- Phylloxera - Vine Health Australia website
- Potato cyst nematode (PCN) ()
- Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd)
- Pyriform scale ()
- Red imported fire ant
- Tomato potato psyllid
Reporting suspected cases
Quick reporting can prevent a major outbreak.
If you detect a disease or pest you can report by:
- calling the Emergency Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881
- submitting the online plant pest report form.