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.
Have your say on planned changes to weed managementSouth Australian land owners and plant growers, including farmers, graziers, bush managers, local councils and gardeners, are invited to have their say on proposed changes to managing nine weeds.Read more about Have your say on planned changes to weed management
Fruit fly outbreak declared in HighgateAn outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) has been declared by PIRSA Biosecurity SA following the discovery of flies in the Highgate area.Read more about Fruit fly outbreak declared in Highgate
Pick up your fruit and protect against fruit flyAs the summer fruit growing season comes to a close, Biosecurity SA is asking gardeners to ensure all fallen and over ripe fruit is picked up in backyards.Read more about Pick up your fruit and protect against fruit fly
Don't let fruit and vegetables into the Riverland this Easter
A random roadblock will be held in the Riverland in the lead up to the Easter long weekend in order to help keep South Australia fruit fly free.
Be on the lookout for Red-whiskered BulbulsIncursions of Red-whiskered Bulbuls in the Mount Lofty Ranges has prompted Biosecurity SA and Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges to be on the lookout for the bird pest.Read more about Be on the lookout for Red-whiskered Bulbuls
Extension to Clarence Park fruit fly quarantine zoneThe fruit fly quarantine zone in Adelaide’s inner southern suburbs has been extended after single male Mediterranean fruit flies were detected in traps in Kurralta Park.Read more about Extension to Clarence Park fruit fly quarantine zone
Fruit fly outbreak in Clarence ParkAn outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly has been declared in Clarence Park, in Adelaide’s inner south, following the discovery of larvae in home grown peaches.Read more about Fruit fly outbreak in Clarence Park
New device for fox and wild dog controlA new device for the control of foxes and wild dogs will be available to South Australian landholders over the coming months.Read more about New device for fox and wild dog control
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
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Tasting AustraliaThe creative team that took Tasting Australia to new heights in 2014 will return for the festival’s next edition in 2016. Tasting Australia began in 1997, quickly becoming one of the nations...
2016 ABARES Regional Outlook ConferenceThe South Australian ABARES Regional Outlook Conference will this year be held in Port Lincoln.The Regional Outlook conference follows from the national Outlook 2016 conference in Canberra i...
- 6 Apr
Metropolitan Adelaide fruit fly outbreaksThere are currently two Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) outbreaks declared in metropolitan Adelaide. An outbreak of MFF has been declared in Clarence Park following the detection of frui...
- 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...
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.