Australia works hard to maintain freedom from exotic fruit flies and to minimise the spread of established fruit flies into pest free areas. Understanding fruit fly characteristics and risk pathways can help in the design of detection and control measures to manage incursions and prevent fruit fly spread. Governments, industries and communities also have a role to play in taking steps to prepare for potential risks, including planning for fruit fly eradication and for business continuity. There are high returns on investment for prevention and preparedness activities and these remain a priority for Australia’s fruit fly management system.
Continue to support the development and resourcing of prevention, preparedness and response measures for incursions or outbreaks.
This priority area will be achieved through activities that include:
- Maintaining and monitoring market access requirements and pre-border and border mechanisms that serve to prevent the entry of exotic fruit flies.
- Supporting efforts to reduce the overall occurrence of, and prevent the spread of, established fruit flies into pest free areas in Australia.
- Promoting intelligence collection and analysis to help inform fruit fly management, prevention and preparedness activities.
- Supporting contingency planning as a vehicle for linking industry preparedness with national fruit fly management and response strategies.
- Promoting the responsibilities of communities and industries, along the whole supply chain, in preventing fruit fly spread and preparing for fruit fly incursions or outbreaks.
- Ensuring enough capacity and capability is available to deliver timely, effective and coordinated controls for emergency responses to exotic incursions and outbreaks of established fruit flies in pest free areas.