Myrtle rust: interstate movement of host materials
Exporting from Victoria
Myrtle rust host material consigned into New South Wales or Queensland does not require treatment for myrtle rust, although all host material consigned into these states must be free from symptoms of myrtle rust. Other quarantine restrictions may apply for other pests and diseases.
Specific conditions apply for the movement of myrtle rust host materials into Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory, which do not have the disease.
Myrtle rust host material includes all myrtaceous plant material, such as:
- potted and bare-rooted plants
- seeds, bulbs, corms and rhizomes
- flowers, leaf material and cuttings.
From 9 January 2012, some interstate quarantine authorities implemented restrictions for Victorian myrtle rust host material (see table).
Myrtaceous material and plants must be inspected for presence of myrtle rust and treated with an approved fungicide nominated by the importing state or territory and for which the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has issued a permit for the treatment of myrtle rust.
Western Australia & Tasmania
Prohibition of all myrtle rust host material
Apply to Tasmania or WA for a permit
New South Wales
Myrtle rust host material must not be infested prior to consignment
South Australia &
See general treatment conditions below
Plant Health Assurance Certificate or Plant Health Certificate
General treatment conditions
(a) The nursery of origin has been inspected by an accredited person within 14 days of despatch and found to be free of myrtle rust symptoms; and
(b) (i) All plants in the consignment have been treated with an approved fungicide within 7 days of despatch; or
(ii) All plants of the Myrtaceae family in the nursery have been treated with an approved fungicide twice within 28 days of despatch at 14 day intervals; and
(c) The consignment has been inspected at the rate of 600 plants or 2 per cent of plants in the consignment and found to be free from symptoms of myrtle rust.
Note: There may be other state quarantine restrictions for other pests and diseases and there are other conditions for other types of host material.
To contact your local Plant Standards Officer regarding movement conditions, or to report a suspected myrtle rust infestation, please phone DEDJTR on 136 186.
Importing into Victoria
Since 30 June 2012, myrtle rust host materials have been able to enter Victoria without restriction, unless they are known to be infected with myrtle rust.
Importers of myrtle rust host materials should continue implementing the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia myrtle rust management plan, to reduce the risk of infected host material entering and being distributed in Victoria.
In particular, nursery stock should be carefully monitored for signs of the disease.
It will remain illegal under Victorian Government legislation to sell plants with visible symptoms of myrtle rust (Section 18 of the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010).
Please note: myrtle rust host materials may still be subject to import restrictions related to other pests or diseases.
Myrtle rust host materials
Myrtle rust host materials are:
- plants or plant material from the Myrtaceae family, including nursery stock, cut flowers and fruit
- agricultural equipment used in the culture, harvesting or packing of Myrtaceae plant material.
To see the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia myrtle rust management plan, visit www.ngia.com.au/MainMenu