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 will soon be commencing construction of the $3.7 million sterile insect technology facility at Port Augusta to help combat the threat of fruit fly and further South Australia’s premium, clean reputation.
Have your say on draft fox policySouth Australian landowners and other regional community members are being invited to have their say on a draft State Government fox policy.Read more about Have your say on draft fox policy
World-leading fruit fly research centre a step closerThe world’s first research centre dedicated to combating Queensland fruit fly is a step closer, with the State Government signing an agreement with Horticulture Innovation Australia to build and manage the $3.8 million National Sterile Insect Technol…Read more about World-leading fruit fly research centre a step closer
Small Hive Beetle removed as a ‘notifiable pest’ in South AustraliaSmall Hive Beetle (SHB) is no longer a notifiable pest in South Australia.Read more about Small Hive Beetle removed as a ‘notifiable pest’ in South Australia
Giant pine scale eradication program to beginA biosecurity operation will start next week in the Dernancourt area in Adelaide’s north east, aimed at eradicating a sap-sucking insect that can seriously impact pine trees.Read more about Giant pine scale eradication program to begin
Fruit fly quarantine ends in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbsA four month long fruit fly quarantine in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs of Hillcrest and Klemzig has now been lifted following the successful eradication of the pest in the area.Read more about Fruit fly quarantine ends in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs
Small hive beetle discovered in the RiverlandSmall Hive Beetle (SHB) was discovered recently in a number of Renmark apiaries.Read more about Small hive beetle discovered in the Riverland
Fruit fly quarantine lifted at West CroydonQuarantine restrictions prohibiting the movement of fruit in the West Croydon area have been lifted.Read more about Fruit fly quarantine lifted at West Croydon
Reminder to watch out for weedsBiosecurity SA is reminding plant sellers, including nurseries, markets and community groups that invasive plants such as gazanias, bluebell creepers and white arum lily are now banned from sale.Read more about Reminder to watch out for weeds
Potential for mouse outbreaks in regionsBiosecurity SA has warned there is a significant risk of increased mouse numbers in regional areas this autumn and winter.Read more about Potential for mouse outbreaks in regions
Don’t be a pest this Easter – help keep SA fruit fly freeRandom roadblocks will be in place during Easter to ensure travellers to the Riverland don’t bring fruit flies into the region.Read more about Don’t be a pest this Easter – help keep SA fruit fly free
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Coonawarra Cellar DwellersCoonawarra will dig out some treasures from their cellars to offer visitors a rare opportunity to taste and buy aged wine during the month of July. Coonawarra wines are well known for their...
Murray Cod Community ForumGet all the latest information on the Murray Cod Stock Enhancement Program from representatives of Primary Industries and Regions SA, the South Australian Research and Development Institute...
- 24 Mar
Riverland poultry owners advised to increase biosecurity surveillanceBiosecurity SA has advised that it has recently confirmed a case of Infectious Larygotracheitis (ILT) in a backyard poultry flock in the Riverland.
- 4 Jan
PIRSA advice for landowners who have injured livestockThe bushfire emergency which has burnt 12,000 hectares across the Adelaide Hills has significantly affected farms and other private land in the area.