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

RapidAIM technology for fruit fly monitoring

July 13, 2016

Darryl Barbour, PHA’s National Manager, Fruit Fly Council, met with Ryan McAllister from CSIRO about the RapidAIM project. RapidAIM is developing automated fruit fly traps that can send images of what’s in a trap to a mobile device or desktop computer. More

Irradiation to manage phytosanitary risk

July 13, 2016

PHA’s Ellen Pope attended a workshop from 14 to 17 June on the use of irradiation to manage phytosanitary risk.

The workshop was held to share expertise with counterpart public-sector institutions in the Asian region, to promote confidence in the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment, and to strengthen economic development through enhanced trade opportunities. More

New biosecurity plan protects the sugarcane industry

July 4, 2016

To ensure its future viability and sustainability, Australia’s sugarcane industry has undergone a rigorous biosecurity planning process to minimise the risks posed by exotic pests over the next five years.

The latest version of the Biosecurity Plan for the Sugarcane Industry was coordinated by Plant Health Australia (PHA) through investment from Sugar Research Australia. More

National Fruit Fly Council meeting

June 8, 2016

The National Fruit Fly Council met on 2 June 2016, bringing together representatives from industry, governments and research funders to continue work on developing the National Fruit Fly Strategy Action Plan. The Action Plan provides details on the range of fruit fly specific research, development, extension and policy required to improve fruit fly management and market access, identifies the priority activities and is a reference for tracking progress. More