Travellers can face on-the-spot fines for taking prohibited items across borders.
Fruit fly quarantine controls in Australia
Australia’s fruit fly pest free areas
This video by the Australia Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources gives an overview of the quarantine measures in place to prevent the spread of Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly in Australia.
by ringing Freecall 1800 084 881 during business hours from Monday to Friday.
Checking before you travel will avoid the possibility of having to dispose of fruit and vegetables at the border.
Each state and territory has documentation that commercial growers and travellers can refer to when considering moving plant products interstate. If you need more information please consult the information referred to on this page.
Eat it or bin it
If you reach a border with produce that can’t be taken across, eat it or bin it. There are quarantine bins at domestic airports, ferry terminals and state and quarantine zone borders. You must dispose of any restricted products at that point. That way you can be sure you’re not giving a pest or disease a free ride into new areas.
Pests, diseases and weeds can be spread from one part of Australia to another through the movement of many items including:
plant or plant products
fruit and vegetables
animals or animal products
agricultural machinery and other equipment
Following the rules about moving these items will help to minimise the risk to Australia’s unique environments and agricultural markets from the impact of pests and diseases.
Find out more
This site has information for travellers moving between states and territories and for producers who would like to sell their products in a state or territory other than where it was grown. You can find out more about the pests and diseases of particular concern by visiting the Major pests page or by reading items in the Latest news. You can also sign up to receive notification of changes to the rules or other news about interstate quarantine.