Tasmanian Fruit Fly Strategy 2017-2050

Maintaining Tasmania’s freedom from fruit fly A strategy for the future 2017-2050

Maintaining Tasmania’s freedom from fruit fly -
A strategy for the future 2017-2050


For several decades Tasmania has successfully maintained its international status as an area free of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) and Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly).

The export of fruit which would be impacted by a fruit fly incursion in Tasmania totalled more than $50 million in 2015-16. About three-quarters of this value comes from key fruit fly-sensitive markets in Asia.

Tasmanian fruit producers’ continued access to premium export markets is now being further supported by the long-term strategy, Maintaining Tasmania’s freedom from fruit fly: A strategy for the future 2017-2050.

Central to the strategy is the continued protection for Tasmania from pest fruit flies through to 2050, and is a key biosecurity commitment contained in the Agri-Food Plan. 

Facing challenges posed by projected climate change accompanied by changes to tourism and to export and import volumes, the strategy identifies a number of key areas for future action:
  • Investigating climate risks and opportunities for Tasmania
  • Alternative treatments for fruit fly host materials
  • Investigating the value of pest free properties and places as part of managing risk as well as value in managing incursions
  • Use of sterile insect techniques in the eradication or control of populations
  • Continue development of strong industry partnerships
  • Review the management arrangements for national Codes of Practice for Qfly and Medfly to ensure it remains suitable for Tasmania.

Download a copy of the strategy:


Further information can be found on DPIPWE's fruit fly page.  


Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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