National Fruit Fly Strategy

The National Fruit Fly Strategy 2020–2025 (NFFS) has been developed by the National Fruit Fly Council (the Council) to provide a framework for ongoing stakeholder cooperation to support a contemporary, viable, cost-effective and coordinated national approach to fruit fly management. The strategy applies to all endemic and non-endemic species of fruit fly.

A draft NFFS was released in 2008, and since that time there have been a number of challenges to Australia’s fruit fly system including the loss of key disinfestation chemicals, changes to fruit fly distributions, and increasing scrutiny and assurances being sought from trading partners. There has also been important progress made in strengthening the fruit fly system, such as in sterile insect technology, irradiation treatment, diagnostic tools, area wide management, and systems approaches.

The NFFS has been revised and streamlined to incorporate these developments and align with other national strategies such as the National Plant Biosecurity Strategy, National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy, and the National Plant Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy.

The strategic objectives of the 2020–25 NFFS are to:

  • maintain Australia’s freedom from exotic fruit fly.
  • minimise the incidence and spread of fruit fly.
  • implement national systems that support market access.
  • facilitate a cooperative and committed national approach to fruit fly management.

Eight different, yet interdependent, priority areas are also identified in the strategy: market access; management of established fruit fly; prevention, preparedness and response; research; surveillance; diagnostics; communication and engagement; and cooperation.

Download the strategy Download NFFS fact sheet



While no additional funding has been committed to the NFFS, the implementation plan for 2020–2021 collates key fruit fly activities that have already been planned and resourced by stakeholders against priority areas. The Council will use this implementation plan to monitor progress against the NFFS and identify gaps that need to be addressed in the national system, advising stakeholders and decision-makers on key findings.

The implementation plan acknowledges the considerable and ongoing contribution by many different stakeholders to fruit fly management in Australia. Importantly, it provides an opportunity to collectively consider potential gaps to be addressed in this system as guided by a SWOT analysis, the Intergovernmental Agreement on Strengthening Australia’s Fruit Fly Management System, and the 2015 National Fruit Fly Research, Development and Extension Plan.

The Council will also prepare a formal report against each annual implementation plan and will use this as a basis to review progress against the NFFS Strategic Framework and to identify priorities for the financial year ahead.

Download the implementation plan


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