Phylloxera Regulations

To prevent the spread of phylloxera from infested areas, each state has legislation (laws) and associated regulations, which restrict or prohibit the movement of “phylloxera risk vectors” – ie things that could carry phylloxera. These include grapevine material, grape products and vineyard or winery equipment and machinery. Each state has slightly different legislation. Anyone wishing to move any risk products between states MUST comply with the legislation of the destination state.

Vinehealth Australia has begun building an online tool to help growers understand these rules when moving phylloxera vectors between states or between phylloxera management zones within a state.


Quarantine Inspection Services Phone


Biosecurity SA

1800 084 881
08 8207 7820


Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources – Agriculture Victoria

03 8401 6900


NSW Dept of Primary Industries

1800 084 881


Dept of Agriculture and Food – Ask for Exports Officer

08 9334 1800


Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry  – Biosecurity enquiries

13 25 21


Dept of Primary Industries and Water

03 6233 4967


Dept of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines

08 8999 2138


Environmental Protection ACT

02 6207 2581

South Australian legislation and regulations

There are legal restrictions governing the importation of grapevine material, grape products, vineyard equipment and machinery into South Australia. These have been put in place to protect the State’s viticulture industries from pests and diseases, particularly phylloxera.

The requirements for the importation of these products into South Australia are governed by the Plant Health Act (2009) and the associated Plant Quarantine Standard for South Australia – version 13. The Plant Quarantine Standard conditions of entry describe the requirements for bringing different products into SA, from other states. The requirements depend on the source as well as the type of product.

Plant Health Certificates and Plant Health Assurance Certificates

Since the introduction of the Plant Health Act (2009) all importers of horticultural produce, including grapes and grape products, and nursery material including grapevine cuttings and rootlings, are required to register as importers with PIRSA. Where specific requirements apply, the importer must obtain a Plant Health Certificate or Plant Health Assurance Certificate to certify that the appropriate requirements have been met.

These certificates are issued by the Department of Primary Industries or equivalent in the state from which the product originates.

To arrange a certificate, please contact the above services.

To clarify the entry requirements, to register as an importer, or for more information on the SA Plant Health Act or the SA Plant Quarantine Standard, contact Biosecurity SA.


Summary of conditions

There are four key conditions in the Plant Quarantine Standard for South Australian that relate to grape and wine industry:

Importation of grapevine planting material (condition 7)
Importation of equipment and machinery (condition 7a)
Importation of grapes and grape products (condition 8)
Importation of grapevine diagnostic samples (condition 8a)

There are also regulations covering the movement of winegrapes and tablegrapes entering South Australia from fruit fly endemic or fruit fly suspension zones interstate. See conditions relating to fruit fly in the Plant Quarantine Standard for details, or contact the Fruit Fly hotline on 1300 666 010 (and emergency after hours calls) or visit