New ‘Pest Reporting and Responses’ course now live

May 17, 2019

PHA’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) system provides free access to e-learning courses related to plant biosecurity. In response to demand for more training options, a new course called Pest Reporting and Responses has been developed.

The course is for growers, farm workers and agronomists and aims to provide them with a better understanding of reporting and responding to plant pests in Australia. More

New biosecurity manual for cherry growers released

May 17, 2019

The second version of the Cherry Growers’ Biosecurity Manual was released this month. It provides an up to date guide for growers and their consultants and advisors to improve biosecurity on farm.

A digital version of the manual can be downloaded here and hard copies were sent to growers with the Autumn edition of Cherry magazine. More

Workshop Sugar Rush

May 17, 2019

Workshop Sugar Rush was held in Townsville on 8 May to investigate how the sugar industry would manage an exotic plant pest incursion.

The workshop was funded by Sugar Research Australia to improve the biosecurity preparedness of the sugar industry. More

Forest biosecurity surveillance stakeholder forum for South Australia

May 17, 2019

On Tuesday 7 May South Australian forest stakeholders met in Adelaide to discuss the development of a National Forest Pest Biosecurity Surveillance Program.

PHA in collaboration with Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) organised the forum to gain an understanding of a range of stakeholder’s perspectives on the proposed program. More

Biosecurity communicators gather in Darwin

May 17, 2019

Biosecurity communicators from around Australia gathered in Darwin in early May where they heard about lessons identified from recent emergency plant pest responses and took the opportunity to visit the citrus canker emergency operations centre. More

Pacific visitors to PHA

May 17, 2019

PHA is pleased to be hosting two Pacific Islander biosecurity specialists for three weeks as part of the Pacific Plant Biosecurity Program.

The capacity building program is a joint initiative of the Australian Centre for International Research and the Crawford Fund. More

Break the pest cycle before sowing

May 7, 2019

With challenging and dry conditions prevailing this year, Grains Biosecurity Officer Jim Moran recommends staying one step ahead of pests by using farm biosecurity practices before and during sowing.

“Simple things can save you money in the long run by reducing the introduction and spread of pests, diseases and weeds on your property,” explained Jim. More

Biosecurity Pathways and Surveillance Strategy workshop

April 9, 2019

On 2–3 April 2019, industry and government representatives met in Brisbane for a Biosecurity Pathways and Surveillance Strategy workshop. Participants gained a greater understanding of the biosecurity risks posed by the range of routes via which pests can get into and travel through northern Australia.. More

Exercise Crown and Anchor

April 9, 2019

The National Biosecurity Response Team (NBRT), a cohort of trained and experienced staff from across Australia with recognised skills in biosecurity emergency responses, tested their ability to effectively deliver biosecurity responses in Commonwealth places as part of Exercise Crown and Anchor, held in Canberra on 25–28 March 2019. More

Annual Surveillance Workshop 2019

April 9, 2019

The Annual Surveillance Workshop 2019 was held in Brisbane on 13–14 March for people working in pest surveillance to engage with each other as part of the newly established Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific. The workshop was attended by 62 people from several plant industries, the Australian government, state governments, research agencies and New Zealand. More