W.A. Orchid Spectacular Conference & Show
Perth, Western Australia
5th & 6th August 2017

Under the Auspices of

Western Australian Regional Orchid Organisation

Hosted by the Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society

Dear orchid enthusiast;
In recent weeks there has been some mis-information being disseminated by members of the NSW Orchid Society in an effort to prevent Western Australia from gaining Australian Orchid Council endorsement to bid for a World Orchid Conference & Show in Perth (in 2023). In particular they have been claiming that orchid plants can not be sent to WA. This is clearly wrong. Many of us have been buying and importing orchids into WA for many years. Please see the following information which is confirmation from the Department of Agriculture & Food (DAFWA).

Our planning and arrangements for WAOS 2017 will not effected. (previous WAOS events, the 2012 AOC Conference & Show and our annual Intersociety Challenges have not been affected in any way) And to demonstrate the absurdness of statements by NSW we can confirm that commercial growers Tinonee Orchids (NSW) and Species Plus (Vic) will (again) be attending WAOS 2017 with plants.

1 Movement of plants from the Eastern States to WA.

There are no restrictions on the movement of orchid plants from the other States to Western Australia. The Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) has a biosecurity regime that requires inspection of plants coming into WA to prevent the transmission of plant pathogens and insect pests. Commercial nurseries can register with DAFWA by undergoing inspection and certification that their premises are free of matters of quarantine concern, and by applying the scheduled spray to plants before they are sent to WA where they are inspected on arrival.

Individuals wishing to bring orchids (or other plants) from non-registered commercial nurseries or private growers to WA are able to apply for a permit to bring up to 20 plants that will be inspected on arrival. Fees are charged by DAFWA for these services (registration, import permit and plant inspection).

2 Movement of plants from WA to the Eastern States

The recent discovery of the exotic insect pest, the Tomato/Potato psyllid (TPP) in Western Australia has led to restriction on the movement of any plants in the Solanaceae and Convolvulaceae families (potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli and tamarillo, along with sweet potato and some weed species such as nightshade) to the other states.

Plants in the family Orchidaceae are not known hosts for this insect. Advice from DAFWA is that this restriction should not be applied to orchidaceae as there is no known risk of disease transmission from them.