SA PQS Consultation

Wine and grape industry consultation on proposed changes to South Australia’s Plant Quarantine Standard

South Australia’s Plant Quarantine Standard (SA PQS)

Our state’s wine and grape industries are worth protecting from pests and diseases we don’t currently have, including grape phylloxera.

The SA wine industry is worth $2.35 billion to the state’s economy and we have some of the oldest vines in the world. But, we are now operating in a heightened biosecurity landscape. The industry is more interconnected than ever, with increasing movement of grapes, grape products, machinery, equipment and people between countries, states and regions.

An overarching review of the grape phylloxera conditions in South Australia’s PQS has not been undertaken since 2009, when the National Phylloxera Management Protocol was published.

 

Timeline

We are seeking your input on proposed changes to South Australia’s Plant Quarantine Standard

Vinehealth Australia has developed a consolidated Condition 7 for grape phylloxera as a replacement for the current Conditions 7, 7A, 8 and 8A. This proposed new condition has been informed by a state pest risk analysis for grape phylloxera and an evaluation of recent phylloxera research around efficacy of disinfestation protocols.

The new Condition 7 includes 85 proposed changes which are categorised into three key themes:

  1. Completeness – ensuring entry conditions have been outlined for all risk pathways that can be regulated
  2. Science – integrating new science on phylloxera disinfestation treatments into practice
  3. Readability – improving industry’s ability to understand the entry conditions and how to comply with them

The next critical step in the PQS review is to seek industry’s feedback on the proposed changes, for which we have produced a Consultation Pack (refer right) to help.

Industry consultation opens on 1 December 2018 and will run until 30 June 2019. We encourage feedback to be provided via the feedback form in the Consultation Pack, prior to close of the consultation period on 30 June 2019.

To facilitate this industry consultation, we are:

  • Writing to all SA vineyard owners on Vinehealth Australia’s vineyard register
  • Holding meetings with regional associations and their viticulture or technical committees to go through each of the proposed changes
  • Notifying wineries through SAWIA’s and WFA’s communication channels
  • Notifying key nursery and vine improvement groups
  • Notifying the table grape sector
  • Putting notices in our e-news and industry publications
  • Notifying Biosecurity SA accredited laboratories in SA
  • Advising all state and territory biosecurity regulators

In addition to the above, Inca Pearce (CEO) and Suzanne McLoughlin (Technical Manager) welcome any individual or business wanting to discuss the proposed changes on a one-on-one basis.

At the end of the consultation period, Vinehealth Australia will assess all feedback received and then provide a set of recommended changes to the phylloxera-related conditions in South Australia’s PQS to Biosecurity SA and the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development.

 

Consultation Pack

  1. Feedback form DOCX
  2. SA PQS consolidated condition 7 for grape phylloxera v1.1 PDF
  3. Full list of proposed changes to SA PQS v1.1 PDF
  4. State Pest Risk Analysis for grape phylloxera PDF
  5. Integrating new science on grape phylloxera into practice v1.1 PDF
  6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) v1.1 PDF
  7. SA Plant Quarantine Standard version 13 October 2017 PDF
  8. National Phylloxera Management Protocol PDF

To make a submission by email or post

Before you email or post your feedback to us, ensure you:

  • read the documents in the Consultation Pack – particularly the ‘SA PQS consolidated condition 7 for grape phylloxera’ and ‘Full list of proposed changes to SA PQS v1.1’
  • complete and sign the Feedback form

All email and postal submissions must have a completed Feedback form.

Email your completed Feedback form to: consultation@vinehealth.com.au

Post your completed Feedback form to: Vinehealth Australia PO BOX 280 Kent Town DC  SA 5071