Management of the insect pest phylloxera in Australia is guided by agreed standard procedures as outlined in the  National Phylloxera Management Protocol (NPMP) to ensure national consistency in minimising the risk of its spread. Note that the NPMP was published in 2009 and has not been reviewed and updated since. Phylloxera research published during this time has, however, found some of the disinfestation procedures within this Protocol to be ineffective against Australia’s key endemic phylloxera strains.  Read more here. Vinehealth Australia continues to advocate nationally for an urgent review and update of the NPMP, including Rezoning Procedure, to ensure that industry and government’s actions towards minimising the risk of spread of phylloxera are based on latest scientific information on phylloxera biology, detection, surveillance and contemporary biosecurity principles.

Each state has laws to restrict or prohibit the movement of phylloxera risk vectors, and anyone wishing to move any risk products between states MUST comply with the legislation of the destination state (for further information click here). Note that state movement requirements must always be adhered to over and above any procedures described in the NPMP.

The wine and grape industries have also determined their current high priority exotic and endemic plant pests as outlined in the Viticulture Industry Biosecurity Plan. Activities undertaken in response to an exotic plant pest or disease are carried out in accordance with the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed.

Our best practice focus   

Best practice biosecurity requires strategic thinking, careful planning and the development of rules and regulations. For that reason, there are important policies that govern the activities of Vinehealth Australia and others involved in the Australian biosecurity system.

They include the National Phylloxera Management Protocol, the Viticulture Industry Biosecurity Plan and the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed.

We invite you to explore the PLANS & POLICIES that guide our biosecurity activities.