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.
What's growing in your garden? Have your say on weed review
Biosecurity SA is inviting home gardeners to have their say on backyard plants that could be banned from sale in South Australia under the declared plant review.
Mouse numbers unlikely to rise in regions
Biosecurity SA is advising growers mice should not be a major widespread issue this autumn and winter, despite bumper harvests in many regions last year.
Potential for regional outbreaks of mice in autumn-winter 2016
Current indications are that mice are likely to be less problematic than average for grain producers this year. Nevertheless isolated problems could occur, particularly where seedlings have persisted, yields were particularly high or harvest losse…
Sterile insects to bolster fight against fruit fly
The eradication program against Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) enters its next phase today (Tuesday, 10 May) with Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) commencing the release of sterile fruit flies.
Fruit fly outbreak declared in Colonel Light Gardens
An outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) has been declared by PIRSA Biosecurity SA following the discovery of larvae in locally grown persimmons in Colonel Light Gardens.
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 Highgate
An outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) has been declared by PIRSA Biosecurity SA following the discovery of flies in the Highgate area.
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
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Partnerships on Farm Workshop @ Willalooka TavernAre you a Partner on Farm? Are you interested in increasing your awareness of NRM issues impacting our region and farms?Would like to know how to effectively communicate ideas on farm planni...
Sea and VinesThe McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival celebrates the culinary and winemaking traditions of South Australia’s world-class gastronomic destination over the June long weekend.Four new...
- 3 May
Metropolitan Adelaide fruit fly outbreaksAn outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) has been declared in Colonel Light Gardens following the detection of fruit fly larvae on 3 May 2016.A 1.5 kilometre quarantine area has been est...
- 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.