The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (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
- plant health
- weed and pest animal control
- aquatic pest management
- food safety
- rural chemical operations
- 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.
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.
The South Australian Government’s Biosecurity Policy () aims to reduce pest and disease impacts, maintain food safety, and support responsible agricultural chemical use. A strong biosecurity policy is critical in protecting the State’s $15.2 billion primary industries and agribusiness sectors. Through these biosecurity efforts we are able to maintain the productivity of our primary industries, produce clean and safe foods and beverages, protect our natural environments and sustain the health and wellbeing of our communities.