National Emergency Plant Pest Training Program

To support members in their biosecurity preparedness, Plant Health Australia delivers the National Emergency Plant Pest Training Program to industry and government representatives, growers and other biosecurity stakeholders. The training program includes simulation exercises, face-to-face and online modules.

Biosecurity Online Training

PHA’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) system provides free access to e-learning courses related to plant biosecurity to all stakeholders. These are the courses available:

Foundation – a summary of the plant biosecurity system and the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed.

Reporting a suspect emergency plant pest – covers when and how to report a new plant pest.

Biosecurity for Beekeepers  – provides advice on keeping honey bees healthy using industry best practice. Complies with the training component of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice

National EPP response management – covers the purpose of the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests and the National Management Group, the roles and responsibilities of PHA members, and the decision making process in an incident

Bee Biosecurity Awareness – a short awareness course based on the Biosecurity Manual for the Honey Bee Industry. It provides an introduction to biosecurity best practice, hive inspections, surveillance, moving hives and how to report a suspect Emergency Plant Pest

Managing giant pine scale in Victoria – a short awareness course developed by Agriculture Victoria to provide information about giant pine scale.

Access to BOLT is free (apart from the Biosecurity for Beekeepers course) and available to anyone with an interest in biosecurity.

Click here to find out more and to access Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT)

If you have problems using BOLT, please contact

Face-to-face training sessions

Training can be tailored to representatives who may be involved in national decision making committees, such as the National Management Group and Consultative Committee, through to potential Industry Liaison Officers in the Local Pest Control Centre during an emergency response.

Current training sessions include:

Biosecurity Awareness Workshop
Decision Making Committees
Industry Liaison
On-farm General Biosecurity Awareness

Sessions vary in length from one hour to one day, and PHA is happy to come to you. To get the most out of this training program, PHA can tailor training to our members’ requirements, or run training in conjunction with, and support, other activities run by members. We are also able to advise and support any other biosecurity training activities.

For more information about the National EPP Training Program, read the National Emergency Plant Pest Training Program fact sheet.

To discuss potential training options, contact Stephen Dibley at or on 02 6215 7709.

Simulation exercises

Practical training for members via simulation exercises is an important component of the National EPP Training Program. These exercises support the other forms of training delivered and test specific aspects of member’s biosecurity emergency preparedness. Together with discussion exercise activities that are included in the face-to-face training, PHA also works with members to delivery larger scale exercises.

Want to know more about training?

If you would like further information on the National EPP Training Program or would like PHA to provide training to your organisation, please contact Stephen Dibley, Program Manager for Training and Biosecurity Preparedness, or call 02 6215 7709.