International Year of Plant Health

2020 is International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

Plants make up 80 percent of the food we eat, and produce 98 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Yet, they are under constant and increasing threat from pests and diseases.

South Australia's agriculture, food, wine and forestry industries are a vital part of the state's economy, generating about $22.5 billion in revenue.

Increased international travel and importation of goods pose an ongoing biosecurity threat. Policies and actions to promote and safeguard plant health are key to protecting the state’s economy, environment, and quality of life.

Protecting our plants

Everyone plays a role in keeping Australia free of pests and diseases, from international travellers, to farmers monitoring their crops, or city dwellers who have a veggie patch.

  • Spotted something unusual in the garden, on the farm or in the park?

Call the Exotic Pest Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

  • Found something suspicious in goods, containers or parcels?

Report it to the ‘See. Secure. Report.’ hotline on 1800 798 636 or complete the online reporting form.

  • Moving house or travelling interstate?

Take care not to spread plant pests in Australia. Check the list of goods prohibited from being brought into South Australia.

  • Importing commercial plants and plant products?

Check the regulations and entry requirements which apply for importing commercial plant and plant products into South Australia.

  • Exporting commercial plants and plant products?

Plant quarantine requirements apply for exporting plants and plant products to other states and territories.

  • Found what could be an emergency or significant plant pest?

Review PIRSA’s list of plant pests and call the Emergency Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881.

More information

PIRSA will be undertaking numerous initiatives and events to support IYPH throughout the year.

Further information on these activities, and the broader national strategy – including promotional material - can be found at

Page Last Reviewed: 17 Feb 2020
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