Vinehealth Australia is a statutory authority operating under the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Act (1995), with legislative powers in South Australia. As part of its role, Vinehealth is a regulator, and as such, key staff and the board of Vinehealth are biosecurity officers in South Australia with powers to enforce the Plant Health Act (2009).
Vinehealth is a key enabler for the South Australian wine industry; we are a conduit to facilitate discussions, raise awareness, provide best practice advice and policy support.
Vinehealth is paid a contribution by every vineyard owner in the state to protect vineyards from pests and diseases. Vinehealth’s functions include:
- phylloxera and general biosecurity education and awareness
- dissemination of best practice information and innovative tools
- active surveillance for phylloxera using remote sensing and GIS technologies
- supporting research into improved detection methods for phylloxera and improved knowledge of rootstocks
- identification of R&D knowledge gaps in phylloxera and general biosecurity
- maintaining and improving SA’s vineyard register
- assisting Biosecurity SA with responses under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed
- incident reporting and identification and assessment of risks
- improvement and enforcement of SA Plant Quarantine Standards
- policy development
- development of eradication plans
- operation and maintenance of heat shed in Naracoorte
- application of innovative technology
- leading a coordinated approach to phylloxera and biosecurity for the wine industry
Vinehealth has a clear mandate to undertake its functions with its powers set out in the Act. We recognise that pests and diseases don’t respect state borders, hence we are working alongside and collaborating with interstate government and industry counterparts to minimise exotic and significant endemic biosecurity risks to South Australian growers and the industry.