National Biosecurity Management Group agrees to a revised Response Plan for Citrus Canker

20 December 2018

A revised Response Plan for citrus canker (Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri) was endorsed on 20 December 2018 by the National Management Group (NMG). The NMG is comprised of all Australian governments and affected parties represented by Citrus Australia, Nursery and Garden Industry Australia and Plant Health Australia.

The Response Plan outlines activities aimed at successfully eradicating citrus canker from Australia and reinstating country freedom status from the disease. It builds upon the outcomes achieved under the previous plan, including emergency containment activities and movement controls to reduce the risk of further spread of the disease.

The NMG agreed to a cost-shared budget of up to $18.72 million (which includes costs for the initial Response Plan) to fund response activities until 31 December 2019. All affected government and industry parties contribute to the cost of the response.

No natural spread of the disease has been detected to date. Citrus canker has not been detected in any other areas within Australia, nor has it been detected in any commercial citrus orchards. A strong partnership between the Northern Territory, Western Australia and affected industries has greatly facilitated a timely and effective response to this incursion.

All infected and at-risk plant material is being dealt with under strict biosecurity procedures. Northern Territory and Western Australia have movement controls and quarantine measures in place to contain the disease. Work to eradicate the disease is ongoing in all affected areas.

Citrus canker was detected in Darwin, Northern Territory, in April 2018, and subsequently in northern Western Australia.

Citrus canker has been found previously and successfully eradicated from Australia.

If you think you have a plant with citrus canker, or if you have recently sourced citrus plants from the Northern Territory or northern Western Australia, please contact the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.