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

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

Importance of plant biosecurity acknowledged in this year’s Rural Women’s Awards

September 16, 2016

The importance of plant biosecurity received a welcome boost this year with Dr Jessica Lye, biosecurity officer for vegetables and potatoes at AUSVEG, winning the Rural Women’s Award for Victoria, as part of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s national women’s awards. More

National Fruit Fly Council considers a ‘systems approach’

August 19, 2016

Maintaining areas in Australia that are free from pests such as fruit fly has been an important way for producers to access both domestic and international markets. For produce grown outside of these areas, options such as cold treatment have also made market access possible. More

Changes to Biosecurity Online Training sites

August 19, 2016

An upgrade to the Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) sites of both PHA and Animal Health Australia on 19 August enables users to access both training sites using the same login details.

Users will also be able to see all completed courses on their My Learning page after login. More

NT Farmers join Plant Health Australia

August 17, 2016

NT Farmers have joined Plant Health Australia (PHA) to ensure that the organisation is involved in biosecurity at the highest level, it was announced this week.

PHA, a not-for-profit company based in Canberra, coordinates the activities of governments and industries to ensure that Australia’s biosecurity system remains robust and integrated. More

Plant biosecurity forum identifies opportunities for cross-sectoral research

July 20, 2016

Around 90 people gathered in Melbourne for two days last week to identify ways to maximise the benefits of scientific research for Australia’s crop producers, with a particular emphasis on projects on pests that attack more than one crop.

Participants at the Plant Biosecurity RD&E Priorities Forum, held at Agribio, identified the top cross sectoral priorities for research in Australia as well as ways to improve the plant biosecurity RD&E system. More

Three new industries join Plant Health Australia

July 20, 2016

The sweet potato, truffle and blueberry industries are the latest members of Plant Health Australia (PHA), the coordinators of the plant biosecurity partnership in Australia, it was announced this week.

With the three new peak bodies signing up, PHA now has 38 industries in addition to all Australian governments as members of the not-for-profit organisation. More

EPPRD Parties: please register to use the Biosecurity Portal

July 13, 2016

On 1 July 2016 the Biosecurity Portal site for the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP) was launched for use by Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) Parties. The site will be used to access resource material for all new Incidents reported under the EPPRD from now on. More

Launch of the ACT Biosecurity Strategy 2016-26

July 13, 2016

On 28 July, PHA’s Program Manager for Training and Biosecurity Preparedness, Stephen Dibley, attended the launch of the ACT Biosecurity Strategy 2016-26. Being surrounded by New South Wales, the strategy for the ACT naturally aligns with the NSW Biosecurity Strategy. More