Bee biosecurity officer appointed in NSW

April 4, 2016

Beekeepers in NSW now have an advisor on hand to help them keep their hives free from pests and diseases, as part of Plant Health Australia’s Bee Biosecurity Program, it was announced this week.

Hayley Pragert has started work in the new role of Bee Biosecurity Officer as part of a joint industry–government initiative to look after Australia’s honey bees. More

Exercise Haryana – National Delimitation activities

March 11, 2016

Exercise Haryana is being run to gain a better idea of how prepared Australia is for a Karnal bunt incursion, and to improve our ability to implement a rapid national response to Karnal bunt should it be detected.

The National Delimitation activities that form the second phase of Exercise Haryana will run from March until early May. More

Citrus ORC framework available

December 4, 2015

Recently the citrus industry achieved a significant milestone for its growers through the development a new Owner Reimbursement Costs (ORC) Evidence Framework for citrus crops. Notably, the newly developed framework now places the citrus industry in a significantly improved position in the event of any future emergency plant pest responses in instances where affected growers are eligible for reimbursement as a result of losses during a response. More

Launch of new Farm Biosecurity videos

December 4, 2015

The latest two videos produced by the Farm Biosecurity Program in the ‘biosecurity essentials’ series were launched at the PHA-AHA Joint Industry Forum on 24 November.

One of the videos is on the importance of training staff, biosecurity planning and keeping records. More

Report on first activity of Exercise Haryana now available

December 4, 2015

Around 40 experts in communications, biosecurity policy, grain production and processing from industry organisations and governments assembled for the first activity of Exercise Haryana. They were presented with a simulated scenario of a detection of the wheat fungal disease, Karnal bunt, in South Australia. More

PHA member meetings – November 2015

December 4, 2015

On 25 November, PHA held a series of meetings for members: the Plant Industry Forum, an Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) signatories meeting, and the 15th Annual General Meeting.

Plant Industry Forum

Led by the chair Matt Kealley, industry members discussed the PHA–AHA Joint Industry Forum held on the previous day, PHA’s engagement with non-signatories and non-signatory attendance at meetings. More

Joint Industry Forum 2015

December 4, 2015

The third Plant Health Australia–Animal Health Australia Joint Industry Forum was held on 24 November at Eastlake Football Club, Canberra.

The audience was briefed by the joint chairs, Kevin Shiell and Matt Kealley, on meetings held early in the day with the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), Daryl Quinlivan. More

New directors and chairman for Plant Health Australia

November 30, 2015

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is pleased to welcome three new directors – Dr Joanne Daly, Robert Prince and Steve McCutcheon – following member endorsement at the 15th Plant Health Australia Annual General Meeting in Canberra on Wednesday 25 November. More

Review of Bee Pest Surveillance Program

November 5, 2015

A recommendation from the recent senate inquiry into the honey bee and pollination industries was to review the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program, which aims to detect incursions as early as possible by setting up surveillance within a close proximity of potential incursion zones. More

The first ever Biosecurity Blitz

November 2, 2015

In September 2015, the Grains e-Surveillance Team from the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) carried out the first ever Biosecurity Blitz.

DAFWA invited the Western Australian community to use one of the department’s free reporting tools to send a report of a pest insect, weed, disease or animal to the department. More