June 8, 2016
The National Surveillance Workshop for 2016 was held in Melbourne on 24 and 25 May. The workshop was an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and addressed one of the recommendations of the National Plant Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy to provide mechanisms to establish and coordinate nationally integrated biosecurity surveillance systems.
A total of forty-six representatives from PHA, the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program, state and territory governments, the Ministry of Primary Industries NZ, the Australian Government and research organisations attended the event. The focus was on surveillance activities and networks in the grains industry, and in particular the role of general surveillance for the early detection of new pests and to support statements of an area’s freedom from pests. Workshop sessions highlighted current surveillance activities and programs, new techniques for data analysis, new tools for data capture and national data aggregation, and improved engagement with third parties such as consultants and chemical resellers to undertake surveillance activities.