Passionfruit Australia are members of Plant Health Australia and represent the biosecurity interests of passionfruit growers and the industry.  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 2014–15, passionfruit production was valued at $16 million (LVP). There are currently 300 hectares of passionfruit under cultivation in Australia with about 400,000 passionfruit vines yielding approximately 4,600 tonnes of fruit.

About two thirds of the Australian passionfruit crop is grown in Queensland and around one third in NSW.

Passionfruit is grown year round but main supply times to market are December through to September. The main purple passionfruit varieties grown in Australia are Misty Gem and Sweetheart, and the major Panama passionfruit varieties are Pandora and McGuffie’s Red.

At present, there are only small amounts of passionfruit exported, however the industry is looking to progress an application for export to New Zealand.

The passionfruit industry is covered by version 1.0 of the passionfruit biosecurity plan.

Annual value of passionfruit production 2007–15 (LVP)


Distribution of passionfruit production by state and territory 2014–15 (based on LVP)


Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Passionfruit Industry

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the passionfruit 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 Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Passionfruit 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

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Exotic pests (not in Australia)

The following is a list of  high priority exotic pests of passionfruit. These pests were identified during the development of the Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Passionfruit 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 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
Bacterial blight Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. passiflorae
Carambola fruit fly Bactrocera carambolae FS FS FS FS
East Asian Passiflora virus East Asian Passiflora virus (Potyvirus)
Fijian fruit fly (Bactrocera kirki) Bactrocera kirki
Fijian fruit fly (Bactrocera passiflorae) Bactrocera passiflorae FS
Fruit fly (Bactrocera kandiensis) Bactrocera kandiensis
Fruit fly (Bactrocera melanotus) Bactrocera melanotus
Melon fruit fly Bactrocera cucurbitae FS
Oriental fruit fly Bactrocera dorsalis 2 FS FS FS FS FS FS
Pacific fruit fly Bactrocera xanthodes
Papaya fruit fly Bactrocera papayae 2 FS FS FS FS
Passiflora chlorosis virus Passiflora chlorosis virus (Potyvirus)
Passionfruit crinkle virus Passionfruit crinkle virus (Potyvirus)
Passionfruit ringspot virus Passionfruit ringspot virus (Potyvirus)
Passionfruit severe leaf distortion virus Passionfruit severe leaf distortion virus (Begomovirus)
Passionfruit Sri Lankan mottle potyvirus Passionfruit Sri Lankan mottle virus (Potyvirus)
Passionfruit vein clearing rhabdovirus Passionfruit vein clearing virus (Rhabdovirus)
Passionfruit yellow mosaic virus Passionfruit yellow mosaic virus (Tymovirus)
Philippine fruit fly Bactrocera philippinensis 2 FS
South sea guava fruit fly Bactrocera psidii
Tropical fruit fly Bactrocera facialis

Other pests

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

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

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
Banana spider mite Tetranychus piercei 4 FS FS
Cotton aphid Aphis gossypii (exotic strains) FS
Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata FS
Queensland fruit fly Bactrocera tryoni FS