National Management Group agrees to an initial Transition to Management Plan for (Bactericera cockerelli) (Tomato Potato Psyllid)/Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) – 12 May 2017

The National Management Group (NMG) for Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) —comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia—has agreed to an initial transition to management plan to manage the ongoing risks and impacts of TPP/CLso in Australia.

The NMG met on 12 May 2017 and endorsed an amended Incident Response Plan for the Tomato-Potato Psyllid Complex (the Response Plan) to include a one month transition to management plan. The plan is being imple​​mented by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia and allows for an orderly wind down of emergency response activities, a surveillance program to confirm the absence or presence of CLso, and a national pathways risk assessment workshop for TPP.

The transition to management phase of the Response Plan aims to prepare all jurisdictions and industries for ongoing management of the risks and impacts of the TPP/CLso complex.
This followed an earlier decision that it is no longer technically feasible to eradicate TPP in Western Australia. Surveillance, to date, has not shown any evidence of CLso.

Western Australia is currently working with other state and territory governments to further develop protocols to support future interstate movement of potential carriers of TPP/CLso. There are no international trade restrictions or changes to import conditions at this point in time.

The Australian Government, state and territory governments and affected industries are contributing to the cost of implementing the Response Plan under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed.

For further information please contact the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881.