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. Currently there are three courses available:
Foundation – a summary of the plant biosecurity system and the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed
Reporting a suspect emergency plant pest – when and how to report a new plant pest
Honey bee biosecurity module – provides advice on keeping honey bees healthy using industry best 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
Access to BOLT is free and available to anyone with an interest in biosecurity.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 6215 7709.
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 functional 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.