Regulations and entry requirements apply for importing commercial plant and plant products into South Australia.
Certification requirements for importing plants and plant products
Appropriate certification must accompany regulated imported commercial host plants and plant products. The certificates must state that the products meet all the requirements stipulated in the Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS) to ensure they are pest free.
There are 2 types of plant health certification, Plant Health Certificates (PHC) and Plant Health Assurance Certificates (PHAC). In some cases a Declaration of Source document can be used in lieu of a PHC or PHAC. The Declaration of Source document allows the business to confirm that produce did not originate in high-risk areas.
A confirmed detection of Citrus Canker in Darwin has prompted PIRSA to implement quarantine movement controls for host materials, including:
- associated planting media
- machinery and equipment
from the Northern Territory into South Australia in order to protect South Australian citrus growers. The detections have not occurred in growing areas, or on the commercial varieties of citrus grown in orchards. PIRSA remains in close liaison with the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Resources on activities being undertaken to minimise any potential risk of disease spread. For further information see condition 29 of the Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS) ().
In 2017 Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) was detected in Western Australia. As a result South Australia has import controls in place on plant material, fruit and vegetables and associated planting media, machinery and equipment coming into the state from Western Australia. Go to the Tomato Potato Psyllid page for more information.
Plant Health Certificates (PHC)
Plant Health Certificates (PHC) issued by Biosecurity Inspectors in South Australia (fees apply). Apply for a Plant Health Certificate ()
Plant Health Assurance Certificates (PHAC)
Plant Health Assurance Certificates (PHACs) issued by businesses accredited to prepare and certify their own produce for interstate movement using either of the following systems:
Declaration of Source
A Declaration of Source document can be used in lieu of PHC or PHAC, this confirms that the material was not grown or originate from a risked areas.
Verification requirements for plants and plant products
Commercial host plants and plant products must be inspected and cleared for import into South Australia. Clearance is mandatory. Penalties apply for failing to comply.
Commercial plants and plant products can be cleared by:
- Accreditation - Import Verification Compliance Arrangement (IVCA), or
- Direct inspection - Biosecurity SA officers inspect and clear the plants and related products.
Import Verification Compliance Arrangement (IVCA)
Accredited businesses clear their plant and plant products for entry to South Australia.
Annual Importer registration
Importers who bring plant and plant products into South Australia must register each year.
Transporters manifest requirements
Transporters carrying plants and plant products into South Australia must provide a manifest for every consignment providing the date, time of arrival and other required information prior to the product entering SA. Penalties apply for not providing a manifest with the required details.
Send completed manifests to PIRSA.PlantHealthMarketAccess @sa.gov.au or fax (08) 8124 1467.