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.
Potential for regional outbreaks of mice in autumn-winter 2015There is a high risk of outbreaks of mice in some regions this autumn/winter, particularly on Eyre Peninsula, due to high grain yields last year and elevated mouse numbers in crops during the latter stages of last season.Read more
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.Read more
Workshop to look at Buffel Grass controlA workshop looking at the best practice management in controlling buffel grass is being conducted by Biosecurity SA in Port Augusta this week.Read more
Supermarket helps fight Fruit FlyThe importance of a strong, integrated and seamless biosecurity system to protect against the introduction of fruit fly into South Australia has been highlighted by the rapid detection of fruit fly larvae in two separate consignments from different s…Read more
Have your say on wild dog managementInterested in the future management of wild dogs in South Australia?Read more
Clipsal visitors asked to help keep SA fruit fly freeVisitors to Adelaide for the Clipsal 500 race and the Adelaide Fringe and Festival events are being warned to leave any fruit or vegetables at home if they want to avoid a hefty fine.Read more
Sterile insects to hasten fruit fly demise in West CroydonPrimary Industries and Regions SA will step up its eradication of Queensland fruit fly in West Croydon from next Tuesday when its Biosecurity SA division begins a six-week program to release 10 million sterile fruit flies.Read more
Extension to Hillcrest Fruit Fly Quarantine ZoneBiosecurity SA has extended the fruit fly quarantine zone in Adelaide’s north-east suburbs, following the detection of larvae in Klemzig.Read more
Don’t let fruit fly sour Australia Day celebrationsSouth Australians travelling to the Riverland during the Australia Day long weekend are asked to remain vigilant against the threat of fruit fly.Read more
Fruit Fly outbreak declared in HillcrestBiosecurity SA has declared an outbreak of Queensland fruit fly in Hillcrest in Adelaide’s north-east suburbs, following the detection in traps of seven male Queensland fruit flies in the past two weeks…Read more
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- 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.
- 31 Jan
Hillcrest fruit fly outbreakBiosecurity SA has declared an outbreak of Queensland fruit fly in Hillcrest in Adelaide’s north-east suburbs, following the detection in traps of seven male Queensland fruit flies.