National Fruit Fly Council


The National Fruit Fly Council brings together governments, growers and research funders to oversee implementation of the National Fruit Fly Strategy and to drive delivery of a cost-effective and sustainable approach to managing fruit flies across Australia.

The Council provides leadership and advice on strategic policy and RD&E issues about fruit fly to a range of stakeholders including the National Biosecurity Committee, Plant Health Committee, Hort Innovation, industry and the community.

The role and functions of the Council are to:

  • Coordinate and provide leadership for fruit fly efforts across Australia, promoting a shared responsibility among key stakeholders for strengthening and harmonising the Australian fruit fly management system
  • Maintain the National Fruit Fly Strategy to present a contemporary view of the direction and key activities necessary to strengthen the capability, capacity and resilience of Australia’s fruit fly management system and for maximising outcomes from RD&E investments
  • Advise on the contribution of proposed fruit fly research to the advancement of the National Fruit Fly Strategy and engage with research groups to understand and stocktake research activities
  • Advise on strategic fruit fly management issues and activities, promoting consistency with international standards, minimisation of duplication, and support for Australia’s market access opportunities
  • Oversee the implementation of the National Fruit Fly Strategy, including reviewing and reporting on progress to stakeholders
  • Develop and implement a National Fruit Fly Council communications strategy
  • Engage with relevant industry, government, research and community stakeholders to develop positions that reflect the national interests in fruit fly management that are integrated into the national biosecurity system
  • Report to Plant Health Committee and Hort Innovation.

The National Fruit Fly Council is convened through Plant Health Australia, the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia.

National Fruit Fly Council fact sheet



Membership on the Council has been selected to include representatives from industry, state government, research funding bodies, and the Australian Government. The combined experience of members of the Council ensures that the group understands and considers different crop types and fruit fly management systems from across Australia’s horticulture production regions, as well as research capacity, and market access issues.

Council membership has also been selected to ensure that there is direct experience with the in-field management of both Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland fruit fly.

The role of members is to:

  • Attend regular meetings as required (four per year) and actively participating in the Council’s work
  • Build and maintain relationships with government, relevant community stakeholder groups, affected industries and national forums to fulfil the functions of the Council
  • Consider: national and international trends; best practice; current industry, government and community capability and experience; scientific knowledge; practicalities; and public opinion
  • Actively seek to understand the different perspectives and needs across geographic areas and commodity groups and incorporate these into advice made in the national interest.
  • Advise on the health of the national fruit fly system and issues that need to be addressed to implement the National Fruit Fly Strategy
  • Champion participation and solutions to emerging national fruit fly issues within the national biosecurity system.
Council member details



Following each meeting, the Council releases a communique about the topics discussed at the meeting.

Meeting 24, 11-12 November 2020, Online

Meeting 23, 26-27 August 2020, Online

Meeting 22, 3 June & 10 June, Online

Meeting 21, 5 March 2020, Brisbane

Meeting 20, 4 December 2019, Melbourne

Meeting 19, 10-11 September 2019, Adelaide

Meeting 20, 4 December 2019, Melbourne

Meeting 21, 5 March 2020, Brisbane


Annual reports

At the end of each year the National Fruit Fly Council releases a summary of their work over the last 12 months.

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Summary



In 2020, the National Fruit Fly Council held the following webinars:


Meeting schedule

The Council meets face-to-face four times a year. You can get in contact with the Council via email.

Email the Council


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