Report suspected plant diseases to the Emergency Plant Pest Hotline
Phone: 1800 084 881
You may be trafficking pests & diseases (PDF 641.6 KB)
On the spot fines and penalties apply.
Plant quarantine restrictions apply throughout Australia when crossing state borders. A national border protection network operates at airports, sea and rail terminals and road entry points. These restrictions apply to fruit, fruiting vegetables, plants, and plant related products.
To help protect fruit-growing regions in South Australia, a Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (FFEZ) has been established where penalties apply for taking fruit and vegetables into this area. See further information below.
See the Australian Interstate Quarantine Travellers Guide for a list of fruit and vegetables that can and cannot be taken across state borders.
You are required to stop at a quarantine roadblock and declare any fruit, vegetables, plants or plant products. A Plant Health Inspector has the power to search your vehicle and seize any prohibited items.
Quarantine roadblocks are located on the:
Highways not serviced by permanent quarantine roadblocks have quarantine road signs and honesty fruit disposal bins. You must dispose of any prohibited fruit, vegetables, plants or plant products at these sites. These roads are subject to random roadblock operations. If you are detected carrying any of these items past these bins you will be fined.
Quarantine road signs and fruit disposal bins are located on the:
The map of the South Australia Riverland FFEZ (JPG 133.0 KB ) shows the area where conditions apply for bringing both home-grown and commercially produced fruit and vegetables into the zone.
Only fruit and vegetables (including capsicum, chilli, tomato and eggplant) purchased within South Australia may be taken in the South Australian portion of the FFEZ (South Australian Riverland) as long as you have a valid shop receipt or plant health certificate to accompany it.
If not, you must dispose of your fruit and vegetables in the fruit disposal bins on highways and roads entering the FFEZ.
If you are found carrying any of these items past these bins you will be fined.
Fruit disposal bins are located on the:
For more information about plant quarantine restrictions, contact:
Plant pests, diseases and weeds can spread from one part of Australia to another through the movement of fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers and soil. Restrictions apply to each state and territory for the movement of these products.Consult the Australian Interstate Quarantine Travellers Guide to find out which fruit and vegetables can be carried across state borders. It also contains contact details for further information for each state.
Quarantine officers screen all flights, passengers, baggage, mail and cargo using x-ray machines, detector dogs, physical inspection, questioning and profiling.
You must declare for inspection all food, fresh fruit and vegetables, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases. If you’re not sure, ask a Quarantine Officer – Declare or beware!