Report an unusual plant pest or disease

Reporting an unusual pest or disease of plants or honey bees

Report any unusual plant pest or disease immediately using our online reporting system or by calling the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1 800 084 881. Early reporting increases the chance of effective control and eradication.

Please take good quality photos of the pests or damage to include in your report where possible, as this is essential for rapid pest and disease diagnosis and response. For tips on how to take a good photo, visit the Cesar Australia photo for identification guide.

Your report will be responded to by an experienced staff member who will seek information about the detection and explain next steps, which may include a site visit and sampling to confirm the pest or disease.

Report online

Information to collect if you suspect you have found an unusual pest/disease of plants or honey bees

If you suspect that you have found an unusual plant or honey bee pest/disease, please collect the following information to include in your report if possible:

  • What you think the pest might be
  • Where and how you found it (e.g. backyard, tree branch)
  • The type of plant you found the pest or disease on
  • Photos of the pest or symptoms of the disease. For tips on how to take a good photo, visit the Cesar Australia photo for identification guide.
  • If you believe you have identified a pest or a sick honey bee, and if it is safe to do so, please secure it.

Other biosecurity reports and resources

If your report relates to a State Prohibited Weed (SPW) or the Weed Spotters program, visit the Weed Spotters page to submit an online report, send an email to weed.spotters@agriculture.vic.gov.au or call 136 186.

If your report relates to an unusual or emergency animal disease, call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 or visit the report an unusual or emergency animal disease page for more information.

If you have an enquiry related to the movement of plants or plant product, visit the Domestic Quarantine page for further information or email market.acccess@agriculture.vic.gov.au.

If your report is associated with a biosecurity incident involving imported (overseas) goods that have come into Australia, visit the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) report a pest or disease concern page.

If you are seeking information about honey bees and varroa mite, visit the varroa mite page.

To find out more about the plant pest and disease threats facing Victoria:

Page last updated: 11 Oct 2023