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PHA Board Meeting 113 Communique

December 20, 2023

At the end of November each year Plant Health Australia (PHA) hosts Members over two days to facilitate and deliver industry and government engagement on biosecurity priorities in person and online.  

This year the second Government Members Forum, the 36th Plant Industry Forum, the 23rd Annual General Meeting (AGM), the 13th PHA Members Forum and the 38th Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) Signatories Meeting were held 28-29 November 2023. More

The December issue of the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network’s e-newsletter is out now.

December 19, 2023

The National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) helps Australian plant diagnosticians succeed together by working collaboratively to navigate biosecurity challenges.

The December issue of their bi-monthly newsletter has just been published, read it now via the link below. More

Message from the CEO – December 2023

December 14, 2023

Plant Health Australia CEO Sarah Corcoran delivers her final message for 2023. Watch the video below.

Read the transcript. More

Update to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD)

December 14, 2023

The 38th Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) Parties meeting was held 29 November to progress strategic and operational priorities and improve the national biosecurity arrangements carried out under the EPPRD.

This included changes to the annual debriefing process and lessons management cycle designed to improve monitoring and review of lessons identified from all debriefs carried out under the EPPRD.  More

PaDIL Future Directions workshop enhances the future of Australia’s diagnostic capabilities

December 14, 2023

Plant Health Australia (PHA) hosted a virtual Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL) Future Directions workshop in November, where the future direction for the online database was mapped out. Attendees included members of the PaDIL Steering Committee, PHA staff, and invited guests representing end-users and content contributors. More

Branching out with forest health surveillance training

December 14, 2023

An expert training workshop on forest health surveillance was held in Brisbane on 7-8 November 2023 as part of the Forest Watch Australia program Facilitated by PHA, the workshop was attended by 20 participants from the Australian Government, state and territory governments, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and representatives from the forestry industry. More

24th Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) Conference and Xylella workshop

December 14, 2023

The Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) Conference, was held 20 – 24 November in Adelaide, South Australia. Plant Health Australia (PHA) was proud to once again partner with the Biennial premier event for the Australasian pathology community. More

Special offer: 10% discount for FutureAg Expo 2024

December 14, 2023

PHA in partnership with Hannover Fairs is proud to present the inaugural FutureAg Expo and Conference 2024 which will be held 17-19 April 2024 at the Melbourne Showgrounds

The Expo will showcase innovative agriculture process solutions offering growers, producers and farmers improved productivity and efficiency. More

Australia’s National Biosecurity Training Hub launched

December 14, 2023

Plant Health Australia (PHA), the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Agriculture Victoria, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, and Animal Health Australia, have partnered to create the National Biosecurity Training Hub – Australia’s first one-stop online shop for biosecurity training. More

Get set for ILO training in 2024

December 14, 2023

Want to know more about the role of an Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) during a plant biosecurity response? Plant Health Australia will be conducting ILO training workshops throughout 2024 to help you understand how to work in a control centre during a plant biosecurity incident. More