Information for travellers
Queensland fruit flies (QFF) are present in Victoria and are a significant threat to the horticulture industry as they lay eggs in a wide range of fruit and fruiting vegetables, ruining produce.
Therefore, we need everyone to work together to manage this pest and reduce its impact on food production and trade to domestic and international markets.
The best way to prevent Queensland fruit fly from spreading is to not travel with QFF host fruits or fruiting vegetables, especially those grown in home gardens, which have a higher chance of being infested with larvae than store-bought produce.
Here are extra measures you should take when travelling to these significant horticultural regions in Victoria:
Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area
Image courtesy of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Committee.
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 fruit fly management in the region. To support local fruit industries, controls have been implemented to restrict the entry of Queensland fruit fly host fruits into the region. By restricting the entry of these fruits, the risk of introducing QFF into the region is significantly reduced.
If you have fruit fly in your home garden or live outside of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area, you must not bring fruit from your home into the PFA unless it is cooked, frozen, preserved or canned.
If you live outside of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area, you can take home host fruit and fruiting vegetables that you have purchased from a supermarket or fruit shop located outside the PFA.
If you live within the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area, you are encouraged to shop at your local supermarket or fruit shop to avoid the need for certification and minimise the risk of transporting Queensland fruit fly into the area.
Host produce 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).
Heavy fines apply if you are caught taking host fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area without a certificate. Without a certificate, host fruit or fruiting vegetables must be disposed of in quarantine bins located on the roadside before entering the PFA.
Restrictions may also apply to carrying fruit fly host materials into other Australian states and territories. For more information, visit the Australian Interstate Quarantine website.
The Yarra Valley is an important production area for a range of fruit crops which are potential hosts of Queensland fruit fly. This region is currently free of this pest.
Within the Yarra Valley is the Yarra Valley Pest Free Place of Production, which was developed to avoid the need for disinfestation of Queensland fruit fly host fruits exported from the region. The Pest Free Place of Production was established by Yarra Valley strawberry, cherry and rubus (raspberry and blackberry) growers, together with Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited, Agribusiness Yarra Valley and Agriculture Victoria.
To reduce the risk of moving Queensland fruit fly into the Yarra Valley, travellers should not carry home grown fruit and vegetables into the region. There is a high risk that travellers could bring QFF into the Yarra Valley through Queensland fruit fly infested produce.