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.
South Australia free of oyster diseasePrecautionary testing of South Australian oyster stocks have confirmed that the state is free of the oyster disease Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS).Read more about South Australia free of oyster disease
Protecting South Australia's oyster industry from POMSA mandatory ban on the movement of Pacific oysters and equipment associated with oyster farming across South Australia has been implemented to protect the state’s valuable oyster industry.Read more about Protecting South Australia's oyster industry from POMS
Pigeon disease detected in South AustraliaPigeon paramyxovirus disease (PMV) has been detected in South Australia, the first formally confirmed case in the State.Read more about Pigeon disease detected in South Australia
Brand system now deregulatedThe decision to repeal the Brands Act 1933 has been made by the State Government as the old system of branding cattle, sheep and goats has been superseded by the introduction of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and the Prop…Read more about Brand system now deregulated
Don’t bring fruit and veggies into SA these holidaysTravellers must not bring fruit and vegetables into South Australia this holiday season, the Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell has warned.Read more about Don’t bring fruit and veggies into SA these holidays
Caring for livestock during the extreme heatLivestock owners are reminded to take special care of their stock over the coming days of extreme heat, as animals suffer from the heat as well.Read more about Caring for livestock during the extreme heat
Producer feedback sought on Sheep Fund futureThe South Australian Sheep Advisory Group (SASAG) is seeking producer feedback on the future investment priorities of the SA Sheep Industry Fund (Fund) and the contribution rate to support its activities.Read more about Producer feedback sought on Sheep Fund future
Visiting SA? Leave your fruit and veggies at homeAs the weather warms up, random roadblocks will be in place to help protect South Australia from fruit fly infestations.Read more about Visiting SA? Leave your fruit and veggies at home
Sterile fruit flies released in proactive suburban strikeSterile fruit flies are being released in the Black Forest area in a proactive measure to combat the pest.Read more about Sterile fruit flies released in proactive suburban strike
Keep a watch on Giant Pine ScaleBiosecurity SA is asking the public, particularly residents living in the north-eastern metropolitan area to remain vigilant for signs of the major tree pest, Giant Pine Scale, as the insect becomes more active with warmer weather.Read more about Keep a watch on Giant Pine Scale
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Port Lincoln - Recreational Fishing Review Community meetingThe Lincoln Marine Science Centre, 1 Hindmarsh Street, Port Lincoln
Ceduna - Recreational Fishing Review community meetingThe Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel, 32 O’Loughlin Terrace, Ceduna
- 22 Jan
Rabbit disease detected in South AustraliaBiosecurity SA is advising domestic rabbit owners and breeders to be on the lookout for a new strain of rabbit calicivirus - RHDV2 - following the confirmation of recent cases in South Au...
- 18 Jan
Pigeon disease detected in South AustraliaPigeon paramyxovirus disease (PMV) has been detected in South Australia, the first formally confirmed case in the State.Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Roger Paskin said the case has been detec...
National Sterile Insect Technology Facility – Port Augusta
Fruit flies are the world’s worst fruit pest, destroying fruit and vegetables in commercial crops and home gardens. The Queensland fruit fly, or Q-fly, is a major pest to our fruit and vegetable crops in Australia.
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.