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The state of plant biosecurity in Australia

July 2, 2020

The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2019 was released this week by Plant Health Australia (PHA), bringing together contributions from over 100 government, industry and research organisations.

PHA publishes the report annually to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of plant biosecurity in Australia in the previous calendar year. More

Board update – Board meeting 99

June 30, 2020

Plant Health Australia (PHA) held its 99th Board meeting via Zoom on Wednesday 27 May 2020. The agenda was slightly modified to reduce the overall time on a video call. It focused on outcomes from the 19th General Meeting on 25 May 2020, strategy and issues requiring decision. More

2018-19 Report to levies stakeholders

May 5, 2020

In 2018-19, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment disbursed over $828 million in agricultural levies to industry. This included $17.2 million for biosecurity.

The Report to levies stakeholders 2018–19 summarises the department’s management of the agricultural levies system for 201819. More

Next Plant Health Australia CEO announced

April 6, 2020

The Board of Plant Health Australia Limited (PHA) is pleased to announce that Sarah Corcoran has been appointed as the company’s next Chief Executive Officer. Sarah’s appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process undertaken by the PHA Board that attracted a strong field of candidates for the position. More

Board update – meetings 97 and 98

March 24, 2020

Board meeting 97

Plant Health Australia (PHA) held its 97th Board meeting in Sydney on Wednesday 26 February 2020. The following day the Board visited the Clyde International Mail Centre which was very well supported by staff from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. More

Industry liaison training delivered in Brisbane

March 24, 2020

Plant Health Australia (PHA) and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) collaborated to deliver industry liaison training to plant industry representatives on 6 March in Brisbane.

The training focused on how a biosecurity emergency response works and the role of an industry liaison during a response. More

Annual Diagnostician’s Workshop 2020

March 24, 2020

The ninth Annual Diagnostician’s Workshop held in Brisbane on 3 and 4 March 2020 brought together diagnosticians from Australia and New Zealand to share their current diagnostic activities and experiences.

The 84 attendees represented 19 organisations including all jurisdictions, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, Scion Research, CSIRO, Sugar Research Australia, multiple universities and PHA. More

Launch of the International Year of Plant Health in Australia

February 6, 2020

Garnering support across Australia to protect plants from pests and diseases is the aim of the launch of the International Year of Plant Health at Parliament House, Canberra on 6 February 2020.

For the first time in history, the United Nations General Assembly has focused global attention on plant health by declaring 2020 the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). More