New Entry Conditions or amendments may be declared from time to time and become legally effective prior to them being incorporated into an updated Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS).
Any such new conditions or amendments are widely distributed to our stakeholder list and loaded to our website legislation page adjacent to the most current PQS. www.pir.sa.gov.au/legislation
You are strongly advised to regularly check this web-site for the most up to date entry conditions that must be followed to avoid penalties and product being quarantined.
For Fact Sheets and information on pests go to following web page; http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/plant_health/exotic_plant_pest_emergency_response
PIRSA and its employees do not warrant or make any representation regarding the use, or results of the use, of the information contained herein as regards to its correctness, accuracy, reliability and currency or otherwise. PIRSA and its employees expressly disclaim all liability or responsibility to any person using the information or advice.
Gary Cox, Manager Market Access and Systems, Biosecurity SA - Plant Health - PIRSA
33 Flemington Street, Glenside, SA 5065
Version 1: Various updates to all Sections of the Standard
Version 1.2 Various updates to all Sections of the Standard
Version 1.3 Conditions of Entry – Condition 8
Version 2.0 Various updates to all Sections of the Standard
Version 2.1 Updates to Contents Page and to Condition 7A
Version 3.0 Contents Page, Index of Conditions of Entry and Conditions of Entry have been updated to reflect the removal of Currant Lettuce Aphid
Version 4.0 Various updates to all Sections of the Standard
Version 5.0 Various updates to some Sections of the Standard
Version 6.0 Updated Index of Conditions of Entry, and inclusion of Conditions of Entry - Condition 26 - Myrtle Rust
Version 8.0 Various updates to some Sections of the Standard
Version 8.1 Various updates to some Sections of the Standard
Version 9.0 Various updates to some Sections of the Standard
Version 9.1 Revised Condition 4 European House Borer
Version 9.2 Various updates to some Sections of the Standard
Version 10.0 Various updates to some Sections of Standard
KEY CHANGES TO THE PLANT QUARANTINE STANDARD SA IN VERSION 13
Section 2 – Ministerial Notice
Amended to reflect gazetted inclusion of new declared pest (p9); Dickeya.
Other top 42 national pests are now included.
Section 3 – Interpretations
Amended definition of plant health certification to include a BioSecure HACCP Biosecurity Certificate (BHBC).
Section 4 - Index of Conditions of Entry
Edited to reflect updates to Condition 1 - Blueberry Rust and . Index altered to reflect Condition 1 and deletion of Conditions 19 & 27, gourds changed to non fruit fly host and sweet potato tubers exempt for TPP/Clso.
Section 5 – Conditions of Entry
Changes made to 2.4 and 2.5 to include provision for Direct Inspection and IVCA under conditions of accreditation and clarifying requirement for Import Registration (IR01).
Clarification in 3.1 that Declarations can be used where stipulated and in 3.4 that used packaging must be clean/free of soil and plant material.
Amended requirements for plants (added pre/post-quarantine), provision for cut flowers and Declaration for fruit with recognised freedom.
Edited wording to verify intent regarding state freedom
Edited 10.3 – altered ICA06 to ‘at time of inspection or packing’ consistent with OP and other hard green clauses.
Amended to reflect agreed Adelaide Pathways meeting 9 May 2017
and enhanced provisions for cut flowers and field crops.
Requirement for product to be clean of soil/plant material added. Carrier produce with dry calyx exempted by including ‘green’ as prefix to calyx.
Amended 5. Machinery cleaning to include all used machinery.
Added 2. Machinery cleaning requirements.
Vacant – (requirements consolidated into Con 20)
Amended to consolidate Soil/Soil Product requirements from Conditions 19, 20 and 29.
Scientific name updated. Equipment included in title of 5. New 7. To accommodate consignment otherwise CI approved.
Packaging requirement added
Vacant – (requirements consolidated into Con 20)
New 11.3 requiring proof of post-entry treatment
Appendix 4A (new)
Example of BioSecure HACCP Biosecurity Certificate (BHBC)
Appendix 13 (new)
Blueberry Rust Property Freedom Declaration for Fruit
Appendix 14 (new)
General Biosecurity Declaration – to assist, clarify or support product meets requirements of PQS.
Section 6 – Fruit and Plants For Overseas Export or Imported from Overseas
Changes made to heading and clauses 9 - 12 to clarify requirements for entry of produce imported from overseas.
MINISTERIAL NOTICE 9
Conditional Imports (Provisions of Standard must be met),
Adoption of Code
INDEX OF CONDITIONS OF ENTRY / REGULATED MOVEMENT 22
Appendix 9 Machinery Declaration (other than Grape Production)
Appendix 10 CGMMV Declaration
Appendix 11 Soil Source Declaration
Appendix 12 Tomato Potato Psyllid Source of Origin Declaration
Appendix 13 Blueberry Rust Fruit Property Freedom Declaration
Appendix 14 General Biosecurity Declaration
SECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION The Plant Quarantine Standard, South Australia hereafter referred to as “the Standard” has been established under the Plant Health Act 2009 hereafter referred to as “the Act”.
The Act – Part 2 Division 2 - provides that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries may, by notice published in the Government Gazette:
prohibit the entry of certain plant material into South Australia;
set conditions under which plant material may enter the State;
prescribe measures for the eradication or control of declared pests within South Australia's boundaries.
The Act (Section 59) also provides that a notice given by the Minister may "apply, adopt or incorporate, with or without modification, any code, standard or other document prepared or approved by a body or authority referred to in the notice… as in force from time to time or as in force at a specified time."
In keeping with these provisions Biosecurity SA prepares and operates the Standard under Ministerial approval.
The purpose of the Standard is to clearly specify the conditions of entry which must be met for plant and plant products to enter South Australia which may host plant pests or diseases.
The current Ministerial notice is reprinted in Section 2 and brings into force the Standard.
Failure to observe the notice and provisions of the Standard represents an infringement of the Act and may attract significant court penalties or in some instances an expiation fee.
The Standard is designed primarily for commercial trade in plant material and other people could find it difficult to obtain the services described. In particular, fruits and vegetables listed in this document must not be brought into South Australia without appropriate certification.
Travellers must surrender non-certified fruit and vegetables upon entry into South Australia - at any Biosecurity SA Quarantine Station, at disposal bin / pit at entry points into the State such as Bordertown, and at honesty bins at points such as the domestic terminal at Adelaide Airport, the Keswick Rail Terminal or the Adelaide Central Bus Station.
Where a significant plant pest (or disease) exist interstate, but not in South Australia, its introduction is prohibited by the Ministerial notice. Since these are most likely to be transported into the State by their host fruit or plants, they too may be prohibited unless certain requirements are met.
Over the years Biosecurity SA has identified procedures by which plant material may move from one State to another without spreading certain pests or diseases.
A number of these procedures are recognised and expressed in detail in the Standard. Readers will see that while the concern is for a range of unwanted organisms, the emphasis is on fruit flies and grape phylloxera. In economic terms these represent two of the greatest threats to the State's horticulture.
The Ministerial notice stipulates that steps must be undertaken to eradicate outbreaks of certain diseases and pests within South Australia. Such measures are detailed in this Standard – see Section 7.
For simplicity, and to comply with the current wording of the Act, both plant pests and diseases covered by this legislation are referred to as "pests".
A controlled copy of the Standard shall be available on PIRSA’s web site located at:
Registered importers and all interstate quarantine authorities will normally be advised by a courtesy email when updates are issued but Biosecurity SA takes no responsibility if this process is not successful.
All stake-holders are therefore strongly advised to regularly check the above web-site to ensure they are operating with the latest version.
For Fact Sheets and information on regulated pests go to following web page; http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/plant_health/exotic_plant_pest_emergency_response
SECTION 2 - MINISTERIAL NOTICE PLANT HEALTH ACT 2009 PURSUANT to the Plant Health Act 2009, I, Leon Bignell, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, make the following notice:
All previous notices made pursuant to Sections 4, 5, 7, 8 and 59 of the Plant Health Act 2009 are hereby revoked.
In this notice:
“the Act” means the Plant Health Act 2009
“fruit fly outbreak suspension area” means an area that has been declared, in accordance with the Code of Practice for Queensland fruit fly published by the Interstate Plant Health Regulation Working Group, 1996, or in accordance with the Draft National Code of Practice for the Management of Mediterranean Fruit Fly, 2008 (as updated or amended from time to time), as a suspension area in relation to a fruit fly outbreak
“inspector” means an inspector appointed pursuant to section 41 of the Act
“soil” means the upper, outermost layer of soil, usually the top 20 centimetres consisting of rock and mineral particulates that may be mixed with organic matter and in which plants grow or are grown
“the Standard” means the document published by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia entitled the “Plant Quarantine Standard South Australia”
3. Declaration of Pests - Pursuant to Section 4 of the Act
3.1 The following are declared to be pests for the purposes of the Act:
The pests specified by common name and scientific name immediately below: