Biosecurity alerts: Queensland fruit fly updates

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Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) is one of the world’s worst fruit pests, attacking a wide range of fruits, and some fruiting vegetables and ornamental plants.

Qfly is present in parts of eastern Australia but not in Western Australia.

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. 

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.

It is important that communities and industry continue to work with DPIRD to eradicate any future Qfly incursions, supporting WA growers and everyone who enjoys growing their own fruit and vegetables.


21 May 2021

Western Australia has been declared free of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) after a successful 15-month campaign to eradicate the destructive pest from the Perth metropolitan area.

The final Quarantine Area Notice for Coolbellup and surrounds ended on Monday, May 24, meaning all restrictions for the movement and management of fruit in the Perth metropolitan area have been removed.

Local residents no longer need to abide by the management and movement restrictions of the Quarantine Area Notice (QAN). Qfly susceptible fruit and vegetables can be grown, moved and sold/traded as they were before the QAN came into effect. Property inspections have now ceased. 

The Sterile Qfly released over the past few weeks will remain active in the area for up to three months.

The common and widely established Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) remains in the area. To get the best from your fruit trees, please continue to manage this pest. The same methods you applied for Qfly will work for Medfly. Information on Medfly control is available at

Any unusual pest activity can be reported via MyPestGuide App or by contacting the Pest and Disease Information Service on (08) 9368 3080 or

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Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080
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