OUTBREAKS

Twelve Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) outbreaks are currently being managed in South Australia’s Riverland by PIRSA as below.

Outbreak nameDeclaration dateCurrent quarantine lifting date
Renmark8 June 202223 December 2022
Murtho13 May 202223 December 2022
Loxton North C11 May 202223 December 2022
Loxton North B11 May 202223 December 2022
Renmark North2 May 202223 December 2022
Waikerie13 April 202220 December 2022
Paringa13 April 202223 December 2022
Loxton North A (originally known as Loxton North)1 April 202223 December 2022
Loxton22 March 202223 December 2022
Pike River West17 March 202223 December 2022
Pike River6 March 202123 December 2022
Renmark West22 December 202023 December 2022

For each outbreak, a 1.5 km Outbreak Area and a 15 km Suspension Area around each detection site have been zoned. Collectively the Outbreak Area and Suspension Area is known as the “Fruit Fly Affected Area” (FFAA).

For additional information from PIRSA relating to these Riverland fruit fly outbreaks, refer here.


MAPS

  • For PIRSA’s interactive map of the Riverland Fruit Fly Outbreak Area, click here.
  • For PIRSA’s map of the Renmark North Fruit Fly affected area, click here.
  • For PIRSA’s Riverland Fruit Fly Affected Area map, click here.
  • Vinehealth will resume providing maps of active fruit fly outbreaks over its vineyard layer prior to vintage 2023.

BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS FOR A FRUIT FLY OUTBREAK

Given the current fruit fly outbreaks in place, operational requirements apply to vineyard practices, and movement requirements apply to winegrapes moving between vineyards and wineries or processing facilities.

Operational requirements for vineyard practices

Machine harvester washdown: best practice is always to washdown used harvesters of soil and grape material between vineyards. It is a requirement not to move grapes between vineyards in an Outbreak Area, out of an Outbreak Area into a Suspension Area, and from a Suspension Area to outside the FFAA, therefore making washdown especially important during a fruit fly outbreak. Designated wash down areas have been set up in Outbreak Areas in the Riverland for those without  access to their own facility, at which waste material will be treated by PIRSA. Contact PIRSA Industry Hotline on 1800 255 556 for details.

Unharvested winegrapes: if a vineyard owner inside  the FFAA has been unable to secure a purchaser or end-use for their grapes, PIRSA has advised that these grapes may be harvested onto the ground. These grapes will not be treated by PIRSA unless fruit fly larvae are detected at the site.

Fruit fly bait: if applied by PIRSA to your vineyard, ensure application details are entered into your Spray Diary. Product label and MSDS can be obtained from PIRSA baiting teams. For industry assistance on agrochemicals, contact the Australian Wine Research Institute Helpdesk on 08 8313 6600 or email helpdesk@awri.com.au.

Movement requirementS FOR WINEGRAPES

There are two steps in determining requirements that relate to your business for the movement and receival of grape material in the event of a fruit fly outbreak. It is important you familiarise yourself with these steps and the options available to you to meet them, and comply with all requirements relevant to your situation

STEP 1: Find the Movement Group that applies to you based on the location of the vineyard, winery/processing site or travel route, and identify relevant movement requirements

  • Click on PIRSA’s online Fruit Fly Outbreak Map tool
  • Type the street address for the vineyard and winery/processing site in the search bar of the fruit fly outbreak map
  • Determine whether these sites are in either a red (Outbreak) area, a yellow (Suspension) area, or a green (outside FFAA) area
  • If both the vineyard and winery/processing site are in a green (outside FFAA) area, then determine whether the route of travel will transit through the FFAA
  • With this information, use the matrix below to identify the Movement Group (A, B, C or D)
  • Below the matrix, use the expand/collapse buttons for the Movement Groups to identify the Movement Requirements applicable to your situation. Refer also to the associated footnotes.

Movement requirements for Movement Group A

SA vineyard sending grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 for maturity or other diagnostics to a SA CA-12 2 accredited laboratory:
Seal each sample bag. Complete laboratory sample submission documentation. Include documentation with each consignment.

SA vineyard sending grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 for maturity or other diagnostics to a SA laboratory that does not hold CA-12 accreditation:
Seal each sample bag. Vineyard must be accredited or certified to send samples. Accompany samples with either a PHAC 3 issued under ICA-33, or a biosecurity certificate 4 issued by PIRSA.

SA laboratory or processing site that is not CA-12 accredited, receiving grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 from a SA vineyard for maturity or other diagnostics:
Receiving laboratory or processing site must be accredited under IVCA-CA01 or certified by obtaining a biosecurity certificate 4 issued by PIRSA to receive samples. If whole berries left in waste following sample processing, treat waste as per IVCA guidelines.

SA vineyard harvesting winegrapes into bins or trucks:
Fill to prevent spillage – retain at least a 200 mm gap between the top of the harvested winegrapes and the top lip of the bin or truck.

SA vineyard sending harvested winegrape loads to a winery:
Accompany each load with a PHAC 3 issued under ICA-33 or a biosecurity certificate 4 issued by PIRSA. Accompany each load with a Grape Despatch Docket, cart note or similar.

Carriers transporting winegrape loads from a vineyard to a winery:
Transport loads filled to prevent spillage (as above) and drive to road conditions to minimise chance of spillage. Train drivers in spillage management and have spill kits on board. Contact consigning vineyard to report any spills en-route to the winery and the SES on 132 500 for assistance in cleaning up major spills. On arrival, present all documentation accompanying a load to the receiving winery.

Winery receiving harvested winegrape loads:  7
Receiving winery must be accredited under IVCA-CA01 or certified by obtaining a biosecurity certificate 4 issued by PIRSA.
Secure Movement Notifications apply – Email booking schedules at least every 7 days through vintage to PIRSA at PIRSA.MarketAccessOutbreak@sa.gov.au8 as an indication of expected delivery date of the accredited or certified loads, or use PIRSA’s Secure Movement Notification online form.
Clean used grape vessels and trucks of all soil and grape material prior to leaving winery. Clean used grape bins and trucks of all soil and grape material prior to leaving winery. Clean up, contain and safely dispose of grape spills at wineries from grapes grown inside the FFAA as per IVCA guidelines.

Movement requirements for Movement Group B

SA vineyard sending grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 for maturity or other diagnostics to a SA CA-12 2 accredited laboratory:
Seal each sample bag. Complete laboratory sample submission documentation. Include documentation with each consignment.

SA vineyard sending grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 for maturity or other diagnostics to a SA laboratory that does not hold CA-12 accreditation:
Seal each sample bag. Samples can be sent from a vineyard that is not accredited or certified.

SA laboratory or processing site that is not CA-12 accredited, receiving grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 from a SA vineyard for maturity or other diagnostics:
Samples can be received by a SA laboratory or processing site that is not accredited or certified.

SA vineyard harvesting winegrapes into bins or trucks:
Fill to prevent spillage – retain at least a 200 mm gap between the top of the harvested winegrapes and the top lip of the bin or truck.

SA vineyard sending harvested winegrape loads to a winery:
Loads can be sent from a vineyard that is not accredited or certified. Accompany each load with a Grape Despatch Docket, cart note or similar.

Carriers transporting winegrape loads from a vineyard to a winery:
Transport loads filled to prevent spillage (as above) and drive to road conditions to minimise chance of spillage. Train drivers in spillage management and have spill kits on board. Contact consigning vineyard to report any spills en-route to the winery and the SES on 132 500 for assistance in cleaning up major spills. On arrival, present all documentation accompanying a load to the receiving winery.

Winery receiving harvested winegrape loads:  7
Loads can be received by a winery that is not accredited or certified. 6 If a load of winegrapes received from outside the FFAA in SA is rejected by the winery for any reason, it cannot be moved back outside the FFAA. Contact the PIRSA Industry Hotline on 1800 255 556 if case arises.
Clean used grape bins and trucks of all soil and grape material prior to leaving winery.

Movement requirements for Movement Group C

SA vineyard sending grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 for maturity or other diagnostics to a SA CA-12 2 accredited laboratory:
Seal each sample bag. Complete laboratory sample submission documentation. Include documentation with each consignment.

SA vineyard sending grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 for maturity or other diagnostics to a SA laboratory that does not hold CA-12 accreditation:
Seal each sample bag. Samples can be sent from a vineyard that is not accredited or certified.

SA laboratory or processing site that is not CA-12 accredited, receiving grape (bunch or berry) samples 1 from a SA vineyard for maturity or other diagnostics:
Samples can be received by a SA laboratory or processing site that is not accredited or certified.

SA vineyard harvesting winegrapes into bins or trucks:
Fill to prevent spillage – retain at least a 200 mm gap between the top of the harvested winegrapes and the top lip of the bin or truck.

SA vineyard sending harvested winegrape loads to a winery:
Loads can be sent from a vineyard that is not accredited or certified. Accompany each load with a Grape Despatch Docket, cart note or similar.

Winegrape loads transiting through the FFAA:
Truck must not stop, backload or unload while transiting through FFAA..

Carriers transporting winegrape loads from a vineyard to a winery:
Transport loads filled to prevent spillage (as above) and drive to road conditions to minimise chance of spillage. Train drivers in spillage management and have spill kits on board. Contact consigning vineyard to report any spills en-route to the winery and the SES on 132 500 for assistance in cleaning up major spills. On arrival, present all documentation accompanying a load to the receiving winery.

Winery receiving harvested winegrape loads:  7
Loads can be received by a winery that is not accredited or certified. 6
Clean used grape bins and trucks of all soil and grape material prior to leaving winery.

Movement requirements for Movement Group D

SA vineyard sending grape (bunch or berry) samples interstate for maturity or other diagnostics:
Confirm requirements with receiving business and relevant interstate biosecurity department.

SA vineyard harvesting winegrapes into bins or trucks:
Fill to prevent spillage – retain at least a 200 mm gap between the top of the harvested winegrapes and the top lip of the bin or truck.

SA vineyard sending harvested winegrape loads to a winery:
Accompany each load with a PHAC 3 issued under ICA-33. Contact relevant interstate biosecurity department to confirm. 5 Accompany each load with a Grape Despatch Docket, cart note or similar.

Carriers transporting winegrape loads from a vineyard to a winery:
Transport loads filled to prevent spillage (as above) and drive to road conditions to minimise chance of spillage. Train drivers in spillage management and have spill kits on board. Contact consigning vineyard to report any spills en-route to the winery and the SES on 132 500 for assistance in cleaning up major spills. On arrival, present all documentation accompanying a load to the receiving winery.

Winery receiving harvested winegrape loads:  7
Loads can be received by an interstate winery that is accredited under ICA-33 Part B. Contact relevant interstate biosecurity department to confirm. Clean used grape bins and trucks of all soil and grape material prior to leaving winery. Clean up, contain and safely dispose of grape spills at wineries from grapes grown inside the FFAA as per ICA-33 Part B guidelines.

1  Grape juice is not considered fruit fly host material. No accreditation or certification applies to sending or receiving grape juice.

2   Laboratory accreditation issued by PIRSA is CA-12 ‘Importation of Grapevine, Soil and Plant Diagnostic Material’. Contact laboratory to confirm if it holds CA-12.

3   Plant Health Assurance Certificate – a certificate issued by an authorised signatory for a Business that has been accredited by PIRSA under ICA-33.

4   Biosecurity certificate issued by PIRSA means either a Chief Inspector’s Movement Certificate (CIMC) or an Inspector’s Direction Certificate (IDC).

5   Movement of winegrapes from SA vineyards interstate always requires accreditation, regardless of fruit fly outbreaks. It is advisable to confirm all requirements (as they may change). Contact PIRSA and the receiving state’s biosecurity department.

6   It is best practice for winegrape loads to be processed within 24 hours of arrival at the receiving winery (as is a requirement under ICA-33 and IVCA).

7  Grape marc and destemmer waste from fresh grapes (stalks and stems) are not considered fruit fly host material and standard management practices apply.

8  PIRSA recognises that booking schedules include winegrape loads coming from multiple regions and growers for any particular day/week. You can simply send through your full booking schedule each time, rather than having to modify it to flag or only show those accredited or certified loads.

For further information on movement requirements and operational requirements for vineyard practices that apply, refer to Vinehealth’s Biosecurity Bulletin ‘Vintage requirements for fruit fly in South Australia’ [updated November 2021].


STEP 2: For businesses in Movement Groups A and D, understand the accreditations or certification that apply to you

  • Refer to pages 5-10 of the Biosecurity Bulletin here for a series of flowcharts and cost information.

If you are considering applying to PIRSA now for accreditation that you might need, we call this a ‘pre-emptive’ application. Only accreditation is possible to obtain pre-emptively; certification is not. For situations in which your business might need accreditation or certification and when your business may consider applying for this pre-emptive accreditation, refer page 2 of the Biosecurity Bulletin here.


FOR HELP

  • For all queries regarding accreditations and certification within a FFAA, contact the PIRSA Industry Hotline on 1800 255 556.
  • If you are applying for pre-emptive accreditation and/or have associated queries, contact PIRSA Market Access on 08 8207 7814.
  • Vinehealth Australia can be contacted on 08 8273 0550 for assistance.