Australia’s biosecurity system incorporates specific import conditions and strict procedures at our borders to reduce the risks of overseas pests and diseases that threaten our industry.

Last Wednesday, AUSVEG staff members visited the new Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham, Victoria, for a behind the scenes tour of its electron microscopes, high-level quarantine growth rooms and high-tech greenhouses.

The PEQ is the facility where all imported live plant material is required to pass through upon arrival in Australia.

Plant material is inspected, treated (if required) and is grown for observation to screen for pests and diseases.

Once plant material is deemed free of pests and diseases of biosecurity concern, it can be released to the importer.

The PEQ plays a vital role in protecting the vegetable industry from overseas pests and diseases of concern.