Movement 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. Click on a state to be directed to the webpage containing that state’s plant quarantine manual or equivalent.


Quarantine Inspection Services Phone


Dept of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia – Biosecurity SA

(08) 8207 7814


Dept of Jobs, Precincts and Regions – Agriculture Victoria

136 186


NSW Dept of Primary Industries 1800 680 244


Dept of Primary Industries and Regional Development – Quarantine WA

(08) 9386 3333


Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries

13 25 23


Dept of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment – Biosecurity Tasmania

(03) 6165 3777


Dept of Industry, Tourism and Trade – Biosecurity and Animal Welfare – Northern Territory Quarantine

(08) 8999 2118

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. The Plant Quarantine Standard conditions of entry describe the requirements for bringing different products into SA, from other states. The entry requirements depend on the source area, the type of product and the pests which can be vectored on these products from the source areas.

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 generally obtain a Plant Health Certificate or Plant Health Assurance Certificate to certify that the appropriate entry requirements have been met.

These certificates are issued by the Department of Primary Industries or equivalent in the origin state.

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 currently sub-clauses in the single condition 7 in the Plant Quarantine Standard for South Australia that relate to the plant pest, phylloxera:

Clause 1: Grapevine material (including for planting and/or propagation)

Clause 2: Machinery previously used in grape production 

Clause 3: Equipment previously used in grape production

Clause 4: Grapes and grape-related materials

Clause 5: Grapevine diagnostic samples and vineyard soils

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