Information for travellers
The cooperation of travellers is essential to supporting Queensland fruit fly (QFF) management activities in Victoria and other states.
The main way QFF spreads to new areas is by people transporting QFF host fruits or vegetables.
When travelling, play it safe and leave fruit and vegetables at home, especially those grown at home because they have a higher chance of being infested with QFF larvae than store-bought produce.
Travelling into the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area
The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA), in north-western Victoria and south-western New South Wales, was established to provide local table grape, stone fruit and citrus industries with the control over QFF management in the region.
QFF host fruit and vegetables cannot be brought into the PFA unless you have a certificate for fruit fly freedom or treatment issued by Agriculture Victoria or an accredited business (grower or packer).
Fines may apply if you are caught taking host fruit or vegetables into the PFA without a certificate. Host fruit and vegetables without a certificate must be disposed of in quarantine bins located on the roadside before entering the PFA.
If you live within the PFA, you are encouraged to shop at your local supermarket or fruit shop to avoid the need for certification and minimise the risk of transporting QFF into the area. If you have QFF in your home garden, it’s recommended that you cook, freeze, preserve or can harvested host fruits and vegetables before moving them off your property to avoid spreading QFF.
Restrictions may also apply to carrying QFF host fruit and vegetables into other Australian states and territories.
For more information, visit the Australian Interstate Quarantine website.