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.
Smart gardeners can use the new smart app to whack a weed in SAGardeners and farmers can whack a weed with certainty thanks to a new app with the most up-to-date information on identifying and controlling declared weeds.Read more about Smart gardeners can use the new smart app to whack a weed in SA
New diagnostic tool against footrotCutting edge technology is set to speed up the detection of footrot with a statewide 12 month field trial by PIRSA Biosecurity SA.Read more about New diagnostic tool against footrot
Chinese recognition for Riverland’s precious Pest Free Area to drive exportsIn a huge boost for the State’s Riverland community, the Chinese Government has formally recognised the region as a Pest Free Area for all horticulture commodities from the Riverland.Read more about Chinese recognition for Riverland’s precious Pest Free Area to drive exports
Sniffing out fruit fly at Adelaide AirportSouth Australia’s fruit fly defences will be strengthened in the coming months with a detector dog patrolling Adelaide Airport to sniff out any fruit coming in from interstate.Read more about Sniffing out fruit fly at Adelaide Airport
Have your say on managing feral pigs and deerThe State Government is seeking feedback on draft policies for the management of feral deer and pigs, with the aim of improving control by landholders.Read more about Have your say on managing feral pigs and deer
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
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South Australian Food Industry Awards Gala DinnerThe South Australian Food Industry Awards Program recognises and celebrates our dynamic individuals and businesses making their mark in the food industry by demonstrating their outstanding v...
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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.