National Fruit Fly Council

About the National Fruit Fly Council


The National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) brings together government, researchers and growers to develop a national approach to managing Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland fruit fly. The experience on the Council ensures it understands and considers different crop types and fruit fly management systems from across Australia’s horticulture production regions.

The Council considers the management of the problematic species Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland Fruit Fly, which affect yield and market access for Australian produce, as well as efforts to prevent other exotic species from establishing.

Council fact sheet

Implementing a national approach to managing fruit flies in Australia

Fruit flies are one of the world’s most economically important horticultural pests. Together, the Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland fruit fly jointly threaten a substantial portion of Australia’s $9 billion horticulture sector.

These two species can affect a wide range of crops and a problem in one crop or location can soon spread. To effectively manage this threat requires a cooperative approach between industries, governments and local residents. These efforts are supported by extensive research program undertaken by universities, state governments, the CSIRO, commercial parties and industry groups.

In seeking to drive a nationally coordinated approach to improving fruit fly management, the National Fruit Fly Council will be tracking progress against the National Fruit Fly Strategy Implementation Action Plan, and identifying changing priorities within market access and biosecurity, operations, legislation, and research and development. The long-term goal for the Council is to influence policies and research priorities, to drive a cost-effective approach to managing fruit flies within Australia, improve market access opportunities, and ensure ongoing protection from exotic species.

Council fact sheet NFFS Implementation Action Plan

Members of the National Fruit Fly Council

Read their biographies here

Name Department or organisation
Jon Durham Independent chair
Mike Ashton General Manager, Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity, Biosecurity Queensland
Darryl Barbour National Manager, Fruit Fly Council, Plant Health Australia
Steve Burdette Business Development Manager, Citrus category, Costa Group, Renmark SA
Tom Eastlake President, Cherry Growers Australia. Cherry grower, Young NSW
Greg Fraser Executive Director and CEO, Plant Health Australia
Peter Hall Chair Goulburn Valley QFF Taskforce. Pome and stoneruit grower, Mooroopna Vic
Satendra Kumar Director Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity, Department of Primary Industries NSW
Jo Luck Director Research, Education and Training, Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre
Ben Martin Director, Australian Mango Industry Association. Mango grower, Bowen Qld
David Moore General Manager, Research, Marketing and Investments, Horticulture Innovation Australia
Geoff Raven Manager, Plant and Food Standards, Biosecurity SA
Sally Troy Assistant Secretary, Plant Health Policy, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Gabrielle Vivian-Smith Chief Plant Health Officer, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria
Mark Wilkinson Stonefruit grower, Maida Vale WA
Joelene Williams Greater Sunraysia PFA Industry Development Committee. Stonefruit grower, Swan Hill Vic
Bill Woods Senior Entomologist, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

Draft National Fruit Fly StrategyNational Fruit Fly Strategy

The National Fruit Fly Strategy (NFFS) is a national initiative aimed at improving Australia’s management of fruit fly, the world’s most economically significant horticultural pest. Sustainable management of fruit fly is of central concern to Australia’s horticultural industries, which capitalise on both domestic and international trade.

The NFFS aims to develop a viable, cost-effective and sustainable national approach to fruit fly management, with commitment from all stakeholders. The strategy applies to all endemic and non-endemic species of fruit fly across the contemporary biosecurity continuum, from pre-border to farm level.

Download the strategy NFFS fact sheet

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