Any unusual plant pest or disease should be reported immediately through the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline (1800 084 881) or to the relevant state or territory agriculture agency to increase the chance of effective control and eradication.
Calls to the *Exotic Plant Pest Hotline connects to an automated system that allows the caller to choose the state or territory that the call relates to. The caller will then be connected to the relevant authority for that jurisdiction.
Before calling make note of:
- what was seen (describe the pest or send a photo) and when was it first noticed
- where it was found and what it was on
- how many pests are present/how infected is the crop
- how widely distributed it is.
Every report will be taken seriously, checked out and treated confidentially.
*In some states and territories, the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline only operates during business hours.
If you suspect you’ve found a new pest or disease, please call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline.