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.
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
Keeping our saleyards footrot free this springWith spring now in the air, Biosecurity SA has advised sheep producers to be extra vigilant in the fight against footrot.Read more about Keeping our saleyards footrot free this spring
Work begins on nation’s first facility to combat fruit flySouth Australia's hard fought reputation as mainland Australia's safest and cleanest premium food producer will be reinforced with a nation-leading new facility under construction.Read more about Work begins on nation’s first facility to combat fruit fly
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
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Regional South Australian wine showcase at Topham Mall popup wine eventSouth Australian regional food and wine is coming to Adelaide this Friday 16 October in the first Spring 2015 popup wine showcase event.A variety of wine from Langhorne Creek, Kangaroo Isla...
On Water Boat ShowPrimary Industries and Regions SA’s (PIRSA) Fisheries and Aquaculture will take part in a new exciting outdoor lifestyle event on the weekend of 17 and 18 October.On Water Boat Show will ta...
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.