Plant biosecurity

NSW Department of Primary Industries has a lead role in preventing, responding to, and overseeing the recovery from invasion or spread of plant pests and diseases. NSW DPI works closely with plant industries, other jurisdictions and the general public to put sound biosecurity policies in place, helping to maintain and expand market access for the state's primary producers.

Due to Australia's geographic isolation and historically strong focus on quarantine, we're in the fortunate situation of being free of many significant pests that adversely affect agricultural production in other countries.

Fewer pest and disease problems mean lower production costs. 'Pest freedom' provides an enormous market access advantage to Australian producers.

For recent updates to market access legislation please see industry advice.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 provides tools to manage biosecurity risks from plant pests and diseases. The Act and subordinate legislation lists plant pests and diseases that are prohibited and notifiable in NSW. NSW DPI must be notified of the presence of prohibited matter immediately. Some pests and diseases are not prohibited matter but still require notification if found.

Not all exotic plant pests and diseases are legislated as notifiable as it would be impossible to identify every exotic pest or disease. However exotic plant pests and diseases are not present in NSW and with your help we hope to prevent them from becoming established.

Pests and diseases of bees are a serious biosecurity risk and many are prohibited and notifiable in NSW. If you suspect an exotic pest or disease of bees you must notify NSW DPI immediately.

An exotic plant pest is a disease causing organism or an invertebrate (insect, mite, snail, nematode) not present in NSW which damages plants or plant products. If you suspect the presence of an exotic plant disease or pest, or if you see unusual symptoms on your plants, please immediately phone:

More information on the reporting of exotic or emergency plant pests can be found in Emergency Plant Pest Reporting and what happens next.

Diagnostic services are offered by NSW DPI:

Check out the Quarantine Domestic website for general information about quarantine restrictions in Australia.