The Australian Olive Association represents the biosecurity interests of olive producers and the industry. They are members of Plant Health Australia and signatories to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed. Their responsibilities include:

  • biosecurity planning and implementation at the national and farm levels
  • liaising with federal and state governments on trade issues
  • funding and supporting biosecurity initiatives
  • participating in national committees and response efforts in an emergency.

Industry overview

In 2013–14, olive production was valued at $86 million (LVP). The industry estimates that in 2015 the Australian olive industry produced around 22 million litres of olive oil.

Victoria is the largest producer, followed by WA, SA and NSW. The olive industry remains an important employer in regional Australia.

Olive oil accounts for 97 per cent of olive product exports.

Annual value of olive production 2007–14 (LVP)

Olives graph

Distribution of olive production by state and territory 2013–14 (based on LVP)

Olive pie chart


olive-ibpBiosecurity Plan for the Olive Industry

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the olive industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to assess current biosecurity practices and future biosecurity needs. Planning identifies procedures that can be put in place to reduce the chance of pests reaching our borders or minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.

The Biosecurity Plan for the Olive Industry outlines key threats to the industry, risk mitigation plans, identification and categorisation of exotic pests and contingency plans. For a copy, please contact PHA on 02 6215 7700 or email admin@phau.com.au.

Exotic pests (not in Australia)

The following is a list of documents for high priority exotic pests of olives held in the Pest Information Document Database.

These pests were identified during the development of the Biosecurity Plan for the Olive Industry in consultation with industry, government and scientists. They have been assessed as high priority pests based on their potential to enter, establish, and spread in Australia (eg environmental factors, host range, vectors) and the cost to industry of control measures.

PHA has a range of fact sheets, contingency plans and diagnostic protocols relevant to these pests. Pest risk review documents are also available for some pests. Please contact PHA on 02 6215 7700 or email admin@phau.com.au for more information.

Endorsed National Diagnostic Protocols are available from the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network webpage.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
Olive fly Bactrocera oleae
Olive moth Prays oleae
Verticillium wilt Verticillium dahliae (exotic defoliating strains) 3 FS
Xylella fastidiosa Xylella fastidiosa including X. fastidiosa subsp. multiplex and pauca 2 FS FS FS FS FS CP DP

Other pests

The following is a list of documents for other exotic and endemic pests of the olive industry. Please note that this is not a complete list of pests: rather it includes pests for which documents exist in the Plant Information Document Database.

Some of the documents presented here are not  tailored to the olive industry and are included for information only.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
Black twig borer Xylosandrus compactus FS
Blackline (Cherry leaf roll virus) Cherry leaf roll virus (Nepovirus) (exotic strains) 3
European grapevine moth Lobesia botrana FS
False codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta syn Cryptophlebia leucotreta 2 FS CP
Glassy-winged sharpshooter Homalodisca vitripennis FS FS FS FS FS CP
Peach X disease Candidatus Phytoplasma pruni 3 FS
Pierces disease Xylella fastidiosa 2 FS FS FS FS FS CP
Strawberry latent ringspot virus Strawberry latent ringspot virus (Sadwavirus) FS
Texas root rot Phymatotrichum omnivorum 2 FS FS