Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) updates

Page last updated: Friday, 15 September 2023 - 1:54pm

DPIRD is working to stop the spread of the significant invasive pest, Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), after a confirmed detection in Bayswater.

A Quarantine Area has now been declared and covers a 15km radius around the suburbs of Bayswater and Belmont. Check the map below to see if restrictions apply to your area.

Qfly is one of the most serious pests of fruit and vegetables in Australia, attacking over 300 species of fruit and vegetables and impacting a range of horticulture industries and access to valuable markets, a full host list can be found to the right of this page.

Quarantine Area

The Quarantine Area (QA) covers a 15kms radius from the Qfly detection points and includes Perth, Belmont, Gosnells, Kalamunda, Vincent, Joondalup, Swan, Wanneroo, Melville, Canning, Bayswater, South Perth, Subiaco, Stirling, Nedlands, Bassendean, Belmont, Claremont, Victoria Park, Cambridge and Mundaring. Please find the full Quarantine Area Notice on the right-hand side of this webpage.

The QA is divided into two main zones: the Corrective Action Zone which is the 1.5 km area surrounding each detection point and the Export Assurance Zone covers the area in a 15 km radius from the detection point - the area of the QA that is not part of the Corrective Action Zone. Please click on your street in the map below to see which area your property is in.

If you are resident located within the Corrective Action Zone, please visit our Residents living within the Qfly Corrective Action Zone page.

If you are grower or commercial fruit producer within the Export Assurance Zone, please visit our Advice for Growers within the Export Assurance Zone page.

Why is it important to keep Western Australia free from Qfly?

Qfly is a major agricultural pest that is highly invasive, infesting more than 300 species of cultivated fruits and vegetables.

Maintaining Qfly Area Freedom provides WA growers access to export markets, such as avocados to Japan and strawberries to Thailand, and allows for continued enjoyment of home-grown fruit and vegetables.

Other impacts include the increased use of pesticides and a reduction or loss in our ability to grow and enjoy fruits and vegetables in our backyard.

Has WA successfully eradicated Qfly before?

Western Australia has been highly successful at eradicating previous Qfly incursions with the cooperation of local communities and industry, and by efforts of the experienced incident response staff at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

Qfly has been has eradicated from the Perth metropolitan area on eight occasions since 1989.