Import Requirement 18 - (Fire Blight - Hosts)

Prior to import, a “Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania” must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.


18     Fire Blight - Hosts


Other countries:

A plant or plant product other than the fruit* of a plant listed below may be imported into Tasmania from any country in which the disease Fire Blight (Erwinia amylovora) exists or has been known to exist under conditions approved by the Secretary and subject to the provisions of the (Australian) Biosecurity Act 2014.


*Fruit of fire blight hosts is prohibited from countries or places where the disease exists (refer to “Notice under Section 66 of the Plant Quarantine Act 1997”, Tasmanian Government Gazette, p 1931, 20 December 2000 or Appendix 2 of this document).


Schedule 1:      Hosts of Fire Blight*


Host Botanical Name#

Host Common Name

Amelanchier spp.

Serviceberry, Juneberry

Cotoneaster spp.


Crataegus spp.




Eriobotrya spp.


Malus spp.

Apple varieties and species

Mespilus spp.


Photinia spp.


Prunus spp.

Plum, apricot and cherry varieties/crosses

Pyracantha spp.


Pyrus spp.

Pear varieties and species

Rosa spp.

Rose varieties

Rubus spp. (including R. idaeus*)

Thornless Blackberry (derived from crosses among a range of Rubus cultivars), and Raspberry*

Sorbus spp.

Mountain Ash, Dogberry, Rowan


*        The host schedule represents a shortlist of hosts, with this bacterial pathogen being described as going to over 130 species across 40 plant genera

#       ‘spp.’ means all species of plants in the genus


Other States and Territories of Australia:

Host plants of Fire Blight (E. amylovora) listed in Schedule 1 may be imported into Tasmania from another State of Australia in which the disease Fire Blight exists or has been known to exist under the following conditions:


I.         Plants and plant products, other than fruit, of a genus of plants in the host list that have been grown in or consigned from a location within twenty (20) kilometres of the site of a confirmed detection of E. amylovora that is under active quarantine control are permitted entry to Tasmania under the following conditions:

(a)      they have been grown in a nursery that has been certified by the Department of Agriculture or equivalent organisation in the State or Territory in which the nursery is located, as being:

                                 (i)             located more than ten (10) kilometres from the infected site(s); and

                                (ii)             inspected by an approved person in the previous spring and autumn and no evidence of E. amylovora was found;


(b)      they are accompanied by a Plant Health Assurance Certificate that the plants were grown on that nursery for the previous twelve (12) months.

II.       Fruit of a genus of plants in the list below that were grown within five (5) kilometres of the infected site(s) is not permitted entry to Tasmania.

III.    The acceptance of these conditions by Tasmania is conditional on the establishment and policing of a quarantine area, by any State/Territory where Fire Blight has been detected, which prevents the movement of host plants or plant products (other than fruit) out of the 0 to 10 kilometre zone and fruit of host plants out of the 0 to 5 kilometre zone to other parts of that State.

Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate 

For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550

Fire Blight (FB)

Import Requirement