Our functions and services
We provide a range of important functions as the statutory authority operating under the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Act 1995, with legislative powers in South Australia. As part of our role, Vinehealth Australia is a regulator and key staff including the board are biosecurity officers in South Australia with powers to enforce the Plant Health Act (2009).
Vinehealth Australia is a key enabler for the South Australian wine industry; we are a conduit to facilitate discussions, raise awareness, provide best practice advice and policy support. Vinehealth is paid a contribution by every vineyard owner with 0.5Ha or more undervine in the state, to protect vineyards from pests and diseases. Vinehealth’s functions are set out below.
In addition to these functions, Vinehealth Australia offers a suite of services including mapping, workshops and risk assessments/planning. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 8273 0550 to find out more.
Vinehealth Australia Key Functions:
- Phylloxera and general biosecurity education and awareness: leading a coordinated approach to phylloxera and biosecurity for the wine industry.
- Production and dissemination of best practice information and innovative tools.
- Active surveillance for phylloxera using remote sensing and GIS technologies.
- Supporting research into improved detection methods for phylloxera and improved knowledge of rootstocks.
- Identification of R&D knowledge gaps in phylloxera and general biosecurity.
- Maintaining and improving SA’s vineyard register.
- Assisting Biosecurity SA with responses under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed.
- Incident reporting and identification and assessment of risks.
- Improvement and enforcement of SA Plant Quarantine Standards.
- Policy development.
- The development of eradication plans.
- Operation and maintenance of the Naracoorte Heat Shed for machinery and equipment sterilisation.
Vinehealth has a clear mandate to undertake its functions with its powers set out in the Act. We recognise that pests and diseases don’t respect state borders, hence we work nationally, alongside and collaborating with interstate government and industry counterparts to minimise exotic and significant endemic biosecurity risks to South Australian growers and the wine industry.