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Revised EPPRD continues to meet changing needs of biosecurity system

October 27, 2022

A revised version of the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) came into effect this week to  meet the needs of signatories and a contemporary Australian biosecurity system. The new EPPRD offers enhanced operation and clarity across a number of provisions and outcomes. More

Message from the CEO – October 2022

October 18, 2022

Welcome to the October edition of Tendrils.

A quick news scan over the past couple of weeks has shown that biosecurity continues to be a hot topic with increased understanding of the pressures the plant biosecurity system is facing due to the rise in volume of trade, climate change and spread of pests and diseases. More

Board Meeting #108

October 18, 2022

The Plant Health Australia (PHA) Board recently travelled to Mildura, Victoria from 19-21 September for Board Meeting 108. While in Mildura, they took the opportunity to engage with and hear from members on the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture. More

Staff movements

October 18, 2022

Last month we welcomed Gavin Edwards, who joined the Plant Health Australia (PHA) Preparedness and RD&E team as a Project Officer in September 2022.

Gavin’s biosecurity career began in Canberra in an operational role with the former Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. More

Promoting biosecurity in Indigenous-led forestry enterprises

October 18, 2022

Plant Health Australia (PHA) joined project partners, the Northern Territory Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (DITT), Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries(QDAF), and the University of the Sunshine Coast, on six field campaigns to understand what needs to be done, learnt and taught to make biosecurity ‘business-as-usual’ in Indigenous-led forestry enterprises in the Northern Territory. More

PestBlitz Workshop boosts diagnostic capacity for plant production industries

October 18, 2022

Facilitated by Plant Health Australia’s (PHA’s) Dr Lucy Tran-Nguyen, National Manager, Diagnostics, the first PestBlitz field triage workshop was held from 26-30 September in Adelaide.

This practical workshop was designed to help attendees build skills in sample collection and processing, with diagnostic experts sharing their experience and training both in the field and in the laboratory. More

Environmental Biosecurity Webinar Series 2022

October 18, 2022

Webinar 5 of the Environmental Biosecurity Webinar Series 2022 was held as a virtual event on 15 September with more than 180 attendees.

The Plant Health Australia-led project is designed to safeguard Indigenous-led forestry in northern Australia and presented a valuable opportunity to present to a new audience and forge new partnerships to face future risks. More