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.
Fruit fly quarantine lifted at West CroydonQuarantine restrictions prohibiting the movement of fruit in the West Croydon area have been lifted.Read more
Reminder to watch out for weedsBiosecurity SA is reminding plant sellers, including nurseries, markets and community groups that invasive plants such as gazanias, bluebell creepers and white arum lily are now banned from sale.Read more
Potential for mouse outbreaks in regionsBiosecurity SA has warned there is a significant risk of increased mouse numbers in regional areas this autumn and winter.Read more
Don’t be a pest this Easter – help keep SA fruit fly freeRandom roadblocks will be in place during Easter to ensure travellers to the Riverland don’t bring fruit flies into the region.Read more
Easter Visitors To SA - Help Keep State Fruit Fly FreeVisitors to South Australia over Easter are being warned to leave any fruit or vegetables at home if they want to avoid a hefty fine.Read more
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
ABARES Regional Outlook conferenceThe Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is the research arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. ABARES provides professional...
Adelaide Beer and BBQ FestivalTo be held over three days in the historic Brick Cattle Pavilion and lawns at the Adelaide Showground, the inaugural Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival is South Australia’s biggest beer and c...
- 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.