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

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