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.
Red-whiskered bulbul amnesty ends this monthBird owners are reminded that the current statewide amnesty on captive red-whiskered bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) finishes at the end of the month.Read more about Red-whiskered bulbul amnesty ends this month
Phylloxera-free focus protects SA vines during Vintage 2017As the 2017 vintage draws to a close, South Australian growers, wineries and transport companies are to be congratulated for maintaining vigilance in the face of the threat of phylloxera.Read more about Phylloxera-free focus protects SA vines during Vintage 2017
Red-whiskered bulbuls amnestyA statewide amnesty has been declared to encourage the surrender of any captive red-whiskered bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus).Read more about Red-whiskered bulbuls amnesty
Proposed honey bee biosecurity measures out for commentSouth Australian apiarists are reminded there are two weeks left to provide feedback on a discussion paper outlining new biosecurity approaches to manage the risk of disease.Read more about Proposed honey bee biosecurity measures out for comment
Spray drift: think about your neighboursProducers are being reminded to be vigilant on the use of agricultural chemicals and the potential impact spraying can have on neighboring properties.Read more about Spray drift: think about your neighbours
Play your part in locating locustsSouth Australians are being encouraged to play an active role in monitoring locust populations - by reporting sightings via a new webpage.Read more about Play your part in locating locusts
Potential for regional outbreaks of mice in autumn-winterThere is a high risk of outbreaks of mice in most regions this autumn/winter.Read more about Potential for regional outbreaks of mice in autumn-winter
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
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Country Cabinet Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu PeninsulaOn Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 June 2017, Premier Jay Weatherill and Cabinet Ministers will visit Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula as part of Country Cabinet Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu...
Farming Together 2017 National ForumIf you have ever wanted to form or expand a farmer-based group … this is the must-see place-to-be. The day-long forum will feature first-hand successful farmer collaborations and expe...
- 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...
- 5 May
Goolwa Beach closed to recreational Pipi fishingEffective 5 May 2017.PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture has closed Goolwa Beach to recreational fishing for Pipi (Goolwa Cockle) due to high levels E.coli found within locally sourced Pipis.Go ...
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.