Biosecurity Tasmania has an established system for protecting Tasmania from the introduction of pests and diseases.
Biosecurity measures include:
Imposing strict requirements for the import of produce before it enters the state
Conducting extensive checking on produce as it enters the state
Checking passengers, luggage, freight and mail at the border
Regularly checking the dedicated trapping network across the state to monitor for the presence of fruit fly.
Existing biosecurity measures
Biosecurity Tasmania's fruit fly surveillance program comprises a network of around 1,000 fruit fly traps at various risk points, from Dover in the south to the Bass Strait Islands in the north. These pest surveys are ongoing to prove that Tasmania is fruit fly free, and to give Biosecurity Tasmania an early warning of a fruit fly incursion.
There are also
legal restrictions on people bringing fruit and vegetables into Tasmania
. In short, people are not allowed to bring fruit or vegetables with them when they come to, or return to, Tasmania. Biosecurity Tasmania ensures everyone coming into Tasmania is fully aware that they may not bring fruit or vegetables with them - and may prosecute those who fail to comply.
Commercial shipments of fruit and vegetables are allowed only if they comply with Biosecurity Tasmania's strict biosecurity requirements (see
Plant Biosecurity Manual
for import requirements). All fruit and vegetables require special certification from the state of origin. Most imported fruit is subject to appropriate treatments to manage risk of fruit fly entry.
Import requirements apply to all imported host produce, regardless of whether it is grown in an orchard, small acreage or home garden. In fruit fly affected areas on the mainland, fruit fly populations are generally a lot higher in urban home gardens and small blocks than in outlying orchards, where pest control programs are routinely employed. In a fruit fly outbreak, lone fruit trees or vines in an urban backyard and neglected fruit trees or vines on non-commercial smallholdings are a major biosecurity risk. This is especially so if the owner fails to collect and destroy fallen fruit.
Control and eradication measures currently in place
In response to the early 2018 incursion of Queensland fruit fly in Tasmania, Biosecurity Tasmania has worked directly with businesses and the community to implement extensive control and eradication activities including:
What you can do to help
- Do NOT bring fruit fly host produce into Tasmania. Fines may apply.
- Be on the lookout for signs of fruit fly and report suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.
- Do NOT move host produce from inside the Control Area to outside of the Control Area.
- Obey all signs and use the quarantine disposal bins provided when leaving the Control Areas.
From 1 October some changes to movement restrictions apply:
- You CAN move home-grown host produce from your property within the Control Area (including give away or sell), as long as it does not leave the Control Area.
- If you live within a Control Area you can now compost host produce.
- Dispose of host produce as normal – double-bagging is no longer required - but if you think the fruit might be infested with fruit fly, please contact Biosecurity Tasmania on the Fruit Fly Hotline immediately.