What we do to protect South Australia from fruit fly

We protect South Australia from fruit fly by:

  • controlling fruit and vegetable movement
  • facilitate interstate movement of produce in accordance with each state’s entry requirements
  • statewide monitoring for fruit fly
  • working with the public to identify and report suspected maggots in fruit
  • investing in research and technology
  • eradicating fruit fly outbreaks.

These measures have made a significant contribution to the decrease in recorded fruit fly outbreaks in South Australia.

South Australia remains under threat from a large number of fruit fly outbreaks interstate, so it is vital that prevention, detection and eradication measures continue.

Controlling the movement of fruit into and within South Australia

We prevent the entry of fruit fly into South Australia by controlling the movement of fruit and vegetables into and within South Australia. Maggot-infested fruit is a common method of fruit fly spread.

We enforce:

Monitoring for fruit fly across the state

We have a series of fruit fly traps around South Australia to detect the presence of any fruit flies.

They are located in:

  • metropolitan Adelaide
  • the northern Adelaide Plains
  • the Adelaide Hills
  • the Riverland
  • Port Augusta
  • Ceduna
  • Pt Lincoln

We also monitor fruit movement with:

  • disposal bins, where fruit and vegetables can be disposed of.
  • quarantine stations, from 4 January 2019 if caught with fruit or vegetables illegally at Yamba Quarantine Station you will be fined.

Learn more on the Bringing fruit and vegetables into South Australia page.

Raising awareness and reporting of fruit fly

We work with the Australian public to manage fruit fly by:

  • running digital advertising and awareness campaigns in peak fruit fly danger season
  • installing signs and billboards in South Australia and interstate to raise awareness of fruit movement restrictions
  • running the 24 hour fruit fly hotline: 1300 666 010 so members of the public can report maggots in their fruit and vegetables.

Investing in research and technology

We contributed to the $3.8 million Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) in Port Augusta to develop fruit fly management and response methods.

The SIT facility will be able to produce 50 million sterile male Queensland fruit flies each week once fully operational. These sterile flies are used to eradicate outbreaks in South Australia and other states. The use of sterile flies is explained more on the outbreaks and detections page.

The SIT facility is supported by SITPlus, a national $45 million research and development program a research partnership. The SITPlus program is led by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd, in partnership with:

  • the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Plant and Food Research Australia
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Macquarie University.

Responding to fruit fly detection and outbreaks

We respond to fruit fly:

  • detections: when fruit flies are found in traps
  • outbreaks: when larvae are found in fruit or when detection thresholds are met.

Learn more about how we respond to fruit fly detections and outbreaks.

More information

Page Last Reviewed: 08 Dec 2014
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