PHA co-operating with New Zealand to fight plant pests and diseases

June 27, 2017

Following the recent discovery that the fungal plant disease myrtle rust has made it to New Zealand, Plant Health Australia (PHA) will be working in an international research partnership to address the new threat to New Zealand’s environment and plant industries. More

Report shows how Australia is protected from plant pests

June 22, 2017

The ninth edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report was released this week, revealing the huge effort that goes into keeping Australia free from new plant pests.  The report includes a listing of hundreds of scientific projects that Australians are doing to provide answers to problems that Australians face. More

$21m injection for pest surveillance

June 19, 2017

Plant Health Australia has received funding for a project to improve plant pest surveillance and utilise AUSPestCheck as a national virtual co-ordination centre. The project, Improving Plant Pest Management Through Cross Industry Deployment of Smart Sensor, Diagnostics and Forecasting, will underpin existing surveillance initiatives, and provide a foundation for a nation‐wide surveillance network. More

National plant biosecurity effort shifts to next gear

April 28, 2017

Off the back the nation’s plant Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) announcing they would unite efforts to strengthen Australian plant biosecurity last month, the partnership has appointed a Chair, implemented a management plan and is in the process of recruiting a program director to oversee operations of the new initiative. More

Online training brings beekeepers up to standard

April 28, 2017

A new online training course was launched by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and Plant Health Australia this week, to make it easy for beekeepers to find out how to care for honey bees in accordance with the new Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice. More

New program director to coordinate plant biosecurity science

March 30, 2017

Following the recent announcement that plant rural research and development corporations (RDCs) have agreed to work more closely together to maximise opportunities for collaboration, Hort Innovation and Plant Health Australia (PHA) are to appoint a new program director to work across the seven plant-based RDCs. More

New farm biosecurity manual released for sugarcane producers

March 9, 2017

Sugarcane producers have a new guide to farm biosecurity measures to reduce the risks of weeds, pests, and diseases impacting production following the release of the Biosecurity Manual for Sugarcane Producers.

The manual is designed for use by farmers, as well as contractors, millers, researchers, and consultants working in the sugarcane industry. More

Two awards recognise good biosecurity

November 28, 2016

Plant Health Australia (PHA) congratulates the leaders of member organisations Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and Australian Banana Growers Council (ABGC) for awards they received last week, both of which were underpinned by biosecurity. More

Have your say on NSW biosecurity regulations

November 16, 2016

The proposed Regulation and Regulatory Impact Statement for the Biosecurity Act 2015 in NSW went online on 14 November 2016 and you are invited to have your say.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is holding drop-in information sessions across NSW during November. More

Exercise Haryana – Movement Conditions Activity

November 16, 2016

A special meeting of the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA) was held to consider the risk vectors for the spread of Karnal bunt – such as grain, harvesting equipment and animals that feed on infected grain – in the event of an incursion. More