Biosecurity or quarantine zones within states or territories

There are biosecurity or quarantine zones located within each of the states and territories of Australia. Most of the zones described below are also shown on the map of biosecurity or quarantine zones located here.

Movement of products both into and out of these zones may be restricted.

Some of the main zones are listed by state or territory below.

Please check the information about the zones in each state or territory for conditions.

Click here to view a national map of quarantine or biosecurity zones.

Quarantine zones
Quarantine zones

PotatoesNew South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

Banana Bunchy Top Virus Control Zone

Covers the Local Government Areas of Tweed, Lismore, Ballina and Byron.  Do not move banana plants, bells, pseudo stems or leaves out of this area.

Queensland Fruit Fly Control Zone

Covers fruit production areas along the Murray River. Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables (including capsicum, chilli, tomato and eggplant) into this area.

Phylloxera Infested Area

Covers areas around Albury-Corowa and also areas around the Sydney basin. Do not take soil, grapevine plants, mulch or garden organics out of these areas.

Citrus Red Mite Biosecurity Zone

Established across the Central Coast region of New South Wales, including near Gosford, the County of Northumberland and Sydney metropolitan homes in the County of Cumberland. Do not move host plants including citrus plants out of this area.

Rice Biosecurity Zone

Covers most of the Murrumbidgee and Murray River regions. Do not bring rice plants or unprocessed grain such as paddy rice or brown rice into the zone. Some other rice products are also not allowed into the zone.

Seed Potato Protected Area

Covers areas around the Central Tablelands and also the Northern Tablelands. Do not bring potato planting material or soil that has been in contact with potato planting material into these areas.

More information about the legislation related to these zones is available from the NSW Department of Primary Industries website.

Stop the spread of fruit fly


Northern Territory

Movement of plant products into and/or out of the following zones is regulated

Ti Tree Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (FFEZ)

The Ti Tree Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone extends from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs. Do not take fruit (including capsicum, chilli, tomato, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini and squash) into this zone.

Adelaide River

Restrictions apply to fruit and vegetables when travelling south from Darwin to prevent the spread of the pest melon thrips. The following produce must not be carried south along the Stuart Highway beyond the Adelaide River township: beans, capsicum, chilli, cucumber, eggplant, melons, mango fruit and mango plants (unless treated against leaf hopper), okra, pumpkin, silverbeet, squash, tomato and zucchini.

Justin inspecting banana


Queensland

Movement of plant products into and/or out of areas within Queensland is regulated.

The whole of the state is a pest biosecurity zone for bananas. Do not take banana plants, fruit, soil or items that have been in contact with banana plants into Queensland.

For more information about the following biosecurity zones, please contact the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries customer service centre on 07 3404 6999.

External links to maps (Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries)

  • Banana Pest Biosecurity Zones – there are four banana biosecurity zones in relation to a number of pests and diseases of bananas
  • Blueberry Rust Restricted Area
  • Cape York Peninsula Pest Biosecurity Zones (two zones)
  • Cercospora Leaf Spot Affected Area – in the Mareeba Shire, west of Cairns
  • Electric Ant Biosecurity Zones – there are numerous biosecurity zones and movement restrictions to prevent the spread of electric ants
  • Fire Ant Pest Biosecurity Zone
  • Papaya Ring Spot Biosecurity Zone
  • Grape Phylloxera Exclusion Zone – do not take grapes, grape vines, cuttings, budwood or soil from within 100m of a living grape vine into this zone.
  • Melon Thrips North Queensland Restricted Area – areas  inland and south of Cooktown, including Mossman, Cairns, Innisfail and Townville, down to Bowen
  • Melon Thrips South East Queensland Restricted Area – areas inland and south of Seventeen Seventy down to the Gold Coast, including Maryborough, Nambour and Brisbane
  • Spiralling whitefly – 10 km restricted area
  • Spiralling whitefly – 500 km restricted area
  • Sugarcane Pests Biosecurity Zone – there are six biosecurity zones related to restrictions on the movement of sugarcane products and machinery within Queensland

Random roadblock


South Australia

Kangaroo Island

Do not take rabbits, bees or bee products onto Kangaroo island. Potatoes are also prohibited unless they have been washed or brushed free of soil and are in new packaging.

Riverland of South Australia

Do not take fresh, unprocessed fruit and fruiting vegetables (including capsicum, chilli, tomato and eggplant) into the Riverland of South Australia without an itemised receipt from an SA retail outlet or a plant health certificate.

South Australian quarantine checkpoints

Quarantine stations and fruit disposal bins are strategically placed throughout South Australia. Mobile quarantine stations can operate anywhere and at anytime within South Australia.

Quarantine station


Tasmania

Tasmanian quarantine checkpoints

Plant and animal quarantine examinations are conducted at all points of entry into Tasmania, including ferry terminals and airports. On-the-spot fines apply for both commercial and non-commercial imports.

If you own, acquire, breed or sell a cat in Tasmania new laws under the Cat Management Act 2009 apply (eg compulsory microchipping and desexing now required for cats in Tasmania).


Victoria

Movement of plant products into and/or out of the following zones is regulated.

Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area

The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA) was established to protect fruit production areas along the Murray River from Queensland fruit fly. Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables (including capsicum, chilli, tomato and eggplant) into the PFA. Fruit disposal bins are in place in the PFA and quarantine roadblocks may operate in this zone. Signs on major roads indicate when you are entering this area.

Phylloxera Control Areas

Control areas have been established in Victoria to prevent the spread of the grapevine pest phylloxera. Signs on major roads indicate when you are entering a Phylloxera Exclusion Zone or leaving a Phylloxera Infested Zone, and that restrictions on the movement of grapevines exist for each zone.

Potato Plant Protection Districts

Potato Plant Protection Districts (PPDs) are established around some Victorian seed potato production regions in order to reduce biosecurity threats. Signs on major roads indicate when you are entering a PPD and what restrictions on potato movement apply.

Toolangi Plant Protection District

The Toolangi Plant Protection District is a protected area in which plant breeding programs are conducted. The entry of plants for propagation into this area is restricted.

For more information about these zones, please contact 136 186 or visit Moving plants and plant products (external link, Agriculture Victoria)

Grapevines


Western Australia

The movement of plant products into and/or out of the following zones is regulated.

Carnarvon and Kununurra banana protection areas

Only certified bananas can enter Carnarvon area. Movement of banana plants (except fruit), leaves and soil from the Canarvon area is restricted. This is to prevent the spread of banana aphids (Pentalonia nigronervosa) and Panama wilt Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (Race 1) from this area. Also, banana containers from areas infested with Panama disease (Tropical race 4) are not allowed into this area.

Movement of banana plants (except fruit), leaves and soil from the Kununurra area is restricted. This is to prevent the spread of banana weevil borer (Cosmopolites sordidus) from this area.Also,  banana containers from areas infested with Panama disease (Tropical race 4) are not allowed into this area.

Kimberley region

There are restrictions on the entry of nursery stock, cut flowers and foliage, and leafy vegetables into the Kimberley division. This is to reduce the risk of introducing silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci B biotype).

Ord River Irrigation Area

Uncertified citrus and stone fruit are not allowed into the Ord River Irrigation Area (Kununurra) from 1 April to 30 November each year. This is to reduce the risk of introducing Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata)  into this area.

Uncertified cut flowers, foliage and leafy vegetables are not allowed out of the Ord River Irrigation Area (Kununurra) unless certified. This is to reduce the risk of spreading melon thrips (Thrips palmi).

Broome area

Uncertified palm plants and foliage are not allowed out of the Broome area. This is to prevent the spread of palm leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima) from this area.

Gin Gin and South-west

Potatoes imported into Western Australia from another state or territory (except Tasmania) are not allowed into these potato growing areas of the state. This is to protect against the introduction of potato cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis).

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