​Development of the National Action Plan for Pests of Broadacre Crops 2023-2033

We have just launched a project to develop a nationally agreed approach to prevent, prepare for and respond to exotic pests of broadacre crops that represent a significant risk to farm livelihoods, food production, and our unique natural environments. Over the next two years our team in CSIRO will work closely with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, state representatives, biosecurity specialists, industry representatives and many other stakeholders to develop a plan that will strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system and help manage exotic pest risks. 

At the end of the project, we will deliver a National Action Plan for Pests of Broadacre Crops (2023-2033) and its Implementation Schedule based on stakeholder consultation. The plan will describe the priority areas for a national approach across prevention, detection, response and cross-cutting issues, and detail specific actions to improve the management of risks associated with broadacre crops. 

We need your involvement

Perth, Brisbane and Canberra workshops complete (2023). We are now writing the a draft version of the plan and will ask for your input soon.

Please contact Sarina Macfadyen or Trudy Staines for any further information. 

The Issues Paper that provides more background can be downloaded here: Issues paper CSIRO DRAFT ver3.

Photo: Wheat stem rust, photo from Brian Steffenson at the University of Minnesota

Which pest species are the focus of this plan? 

There are many National Priority Plant Pests (NPPPs) relevant to broadacre cropping industries. In the development of this plan, we will focus on these taxa groups: 


Karnal bunt  

Tilletia indica   

Wheat stem rust  

Ug99 Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici (exotic strains)  

Texas root rot  Phymatotrichum omnivorum  

Barley stripe rust (exotic strains)   

Puccinia striiformis f. sp. hordei (exotic strains) 


Cyst nematodes of cereals (exotic species)  

Heterodera carotae  

Heterodera filipjevi 

Heterodera glycines  

Heterodera latipons  

Heterodera sorghi 

Heterodera zeae 


Wheat stem sawfly (exotic species)  

Cephus cinctus   

Cephus pygmeaus  

Hessian fly  

Mayetiola destructor  

Mayetiola hordei  

Armyworm (exotic species)  

Spodoptera eridania  

Spodoptera frugiperda (now established)  

Exotic stem borers of sugarcane and cereals  

Eldana saccharina   

Sesamia grisescens   

Scirpophaga excerptalis  

Chilo auricilius 

Chilo infuscatellus 

Chilo orichalcociliella 

Chilo partellus 

Chilo polychrysa 

Chilo sacchariphagus 

Chilo terrenellus 

Chilo tumidicostalis 

Soybean cyst nematode (H. glycines) on soybean roots including cysts. Jonathan D. Eisenback, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org

This project is being funded by the Preparedness and Response Section within the Office of the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer, in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has commissioned this project. They have several other national action plans complete or under development. F or further information see here. 

The Participant Information Sheet can be found here.

Participant-Information-Sheet-the plan