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.
Summer awareness for animal healthWarmer temperatures and recent heavy rain events have prompted PIRSA Biosecurity SA to remind livestock producers to review disease management procedures on their properties.Read more about Summer awareness for animal health
Help protect Kangaroo Island's premium produceAs Qantas introduces direct flights to Kangaroo Island, PIRSA Biosecurity SA is reminding travellers not to bring certain items onto the island to protect its clean, green environment.Read more about Help protect Kangaroo Island's premium produce
New 'one stop shop' for cactus controlManagement of prickly invasive cacti has received a boost with a new comprehensive manual now available in South Australia.Read more about New 'one stop shop' for cactus control
National Carp Control Plan info sessionsThe community is invited to attend FREE information session on the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) with the opportunity to hear first-hand from the NCCP team, and contribute their thoughts on the carp problem in their regions.…Read more about National Carp Control Plan info sessions
Be aware of theileriosis symptoms in your cattlePIRSA is advising cattle producers to be alert to any signs of theileriosis, a tick-borne disease which may cause anaemia, weakness and death in animals under stress.Read more about Be aware of theileriosis symptoms in your cattle
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
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National Carp Control Plan - Berri information sessionThe National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) in partnership with PIRSA and Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin will be hosting four community briefing sessions in South Australia in December ...
National Carp Control Plan - Goolwa information sessionThe National Carp Control Plan (NCCP) in partnership with PIRSA and Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin will be hosting four community briefing sessions in South Australia in December ...
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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.