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.
Modified vaccination arrangements for Johne's disease in sheepSheep producers are reminded that a modified approach to the vaccination subsidy for Johne’s disease (JD) in sheep is now in effect in South Australia through an industry endorsed and funded regulated program.Read more about Modified vaccination arrangements for Johne's disease in sheep
Mice baiting and chemical use alert to combat plagueFamers are being advised to follow best practice chemical use when combatting mice numbers, which have now reached plague proportions in some areas of South Australia.Read more about Mice baiting and chemical use alert to combat plague
Keep footrot affected sheep out of our livestock marketsWith the advent of winter Primary Industries and Regions (SA) are urging sheep producers to be vigilant in checking for virulent footrot.Read more about Keep footrot affected sheep out of our livestock markets
Transition countdown to new BJD frameworkA new national framework for the management of bovine Johne's disease (BJD) will be fully implemented on 30 June 2017 following a 12-month transition period.Read more about Transition countdown to new BJD framework
Red-whiskered bulbul amnesty ends this monthBird owners are reminded that the current statewide amnesty on captive red-whiskered bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) finishes at the end of the month.Read more about Red-whiskered bulbul amnesty ends this month
Phylloxera-free focus protects SA vines during Vintage 2017As the 2017 vintage draws to a close, South Australian growers, wineries and transport companies are to be congratulated for maintaining vigilance in the face of the threat of phylloxera.Read more about Phylloxera-free focus protects SA vines during Vintage 2017
Red-whiskered bulbuls amnestyA statewide amnesty has been declared to encourage the surrender of any captive red-whiskered bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus).Read more about Red-whiskered bulbuls amnesty
Proposed honey bee biosecurity measures out for commentSouth Australian apiarists are reminded there are two weeks left to provide feedback on a discussion paper outlining new biosecurity approaches to manage the risk of disease.Read more about Proposed honey bee biosecurity measures out for comment
Spray drift: think about your neighboursProducers are being reminded to be vigilant on the use of agricultural chemicals and the potential impact spraying can have on neighboring properties.Read more about Spray drift: think about your neighbours
Play your part in locating locustsSouth Australians are being encouraged to play an active role in monitoring locust populations - by reporting sightings via a new webpage.Read more about Play your part in locating locusts
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SALA exhibition at Loxton Research CentreAs part of the 2017 South Australian Living Arts (SALA) Festival, the Loxton Research Centre is excited to showcase Denis Smith – Ball of Light, a stunning exhibition of unique light p...
Barossa Gourmet WeekendThe Barossa is one of the world’s great gastronomic playgrounds, renowned for its wine, fresh seasonal produce, beautiful landscapes and easy-going lifestyle. Gourmet Weekend is a thre...
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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.