Quarantine regulations not only apply at state borders but within specified zones within each state as documented by the Australian Government on the Quarantine Domestic
website. Remember, requirements may change as new pests
, diseases and weeds are detected. You can also call the freecall number 1800 084 881 (business hours Mon - Fri).
A summary of that information is below for your convenience (current as at the revised date of this article).
The whole of the state is a pest quarantine area for bananas and other fruit and vegetables. There are 7 specific quarantine zones within the state as follows:
Banana Pest Quarantine Area, Cape York Peninsula
Pest Quarantine Area, Fire Ant Pest Quarantine Area, Mango Leafhopper Pest Quarantine Area, Papaya Ring Spot
Quarantine Area, Phylloxera Exclusion Zone affecting grapes, and the Sugarcane Pests
Some stores (eg. Woolworths) can provide you with a DPI certificate for your produce if you ask for it at the time of purchase. This is presented at the checkpoints to avoid having your food confiscated.
Within the NT exists the Ti Tree Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (FFEZ), which extends from Tennant Creek
to Alice Springs
, and a zone which affects travellers heading south along the Stuart Highway beyond the Adelaide
River township where there are restrictions on the movement of fruit & vegetables to prevent the spread of the pest melon thrips.
All entry ports have strict quarantine regulations for plant and animal quarantine examinations.
There are a number of zones within Victoria
that restrict the movement of organic products into or out of them. These are the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA), the Phylloxera Control Areas, Potato Plant Protection Districts (PPDs), Toolangi Plant Protection District and the Tri-State Fruit Fly Zones.
In addition to the Tri-State Fruit Fly Zone there is also a Banana Protected Area, Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA), Phylloxera Exclusion zone, Rice Pest & Disease Exclusion Zone, & the Seed Potato Protected Area. Quarantine roadblocks and fruit disposal bins
are strategically placed through NSW for these.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAKangaroo Island
has a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary and a Potato Production Area. The Riverland is a zone where no movement of fresh, unprocessed fruit & fruiting vegetables (eg. capsicum, chilli, tomato, eggplant) cannot be taken into the area without an itemised receipt from a SA retail outlet or a plant health certificate.
Quarantine stations and fruit disposal bins
are strategically placed throughout SA with mobile quarantine stations in operation randomly throughout the state.
The "Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone" covers parts of NSW, SA, and ACT. The Fruit Fly Exclusion zone means it is illegal to take ANY fresh fruit - including tomatoes, capsicum and avocados into any area within the zone. Approaches to the Zone are clearly signposted and disposal bins
are provided on major transport routes. Fines may go as high as $100,000 and both random and permanent roadblocks operate in and around the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone and the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area. For more detailed information ring the TriState Fruit Fly freecall number 1800 084 881. Please watch this video
for more info.
There are a number of zones within WA that restrict the movement of organic products into or out of them. Within Carnarvon
areas only certified bananas can enter Carnarvon
area. Within the Kimberley
region there is a restriction on broccoli, lettuce, & spinach from entering the region. The Ord River
Irrigation Area has a restriction on uncertified citrus and stone fruits from entering the area (Kununurra
) during the period 1 April - 30 November. In addition, cut flowers, foliage and leafy vegetables are not allowed OUT of the Ord River
Irrigation area. In Broome
, palm plants and foliage are not allowed out of the area. The potato growing areas of WA (including Gin Gin
(just north of Perth
) and in the South West corner of WA) are areas protected from importing potatoes from another state (other than Tasmania
NT/WA border on the Victoria
Highway has very strict quarantine regulations that are enforced.
SA/WA Border - travellers entering WA via the Nullarbor will find a tightly enforced quarantine check point that is manned 24 hours a day. All fruit - fresh or dried will be confiscated as will vegetables, honey and fruit boxes. Contact (08) 9334 1800 or email email@example.com
- on the approach to the Great Northern Highway from the south (ie. if you have come up the Tanami Track
from NT) you will find a Quarantine bin on the left just before the bitumen. You will be required to deposit all fruit, vegetables, honey and fruit boxes if you are en-route from NT or SA. WA travellers do not need to deposit anything at this checkpoint provided they have not left the state.