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Understanding Australia’s plant biosecurity system

June 20, 2023

Keeping Australia’s plant industries free of pests and diseases is a continuous process. Pre-border and at the Australian border, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry minimises the likelihood of pests and diseases entering the country. More

Join us on Instagram

June 20, 2023

Part of Plant Health Australia’s deliverables under the 2022-27 Strategic Plan is to develop cohesive networks amongst members, the supply chain and the science and technology community. Under Strategic Priority 2, we aim to grow an online community by increasing the reach and frequency of social media posts covering company news, aspects of the biosecurity system and industry spotlights. More

Plant Health Australia gets buzz-y for World Bee Day

June 20, 2023

On 20 May 2023 Plant Health Australia (PHA) celebrated World Bee Day to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for food security.

Australia’s honey bees are some of the healthiest in the world. The health of the beekeeping industry is key and has flow-on effects to pollination reliant industries and the wider community that benefit from healthy hives, their products, and the services they provide. More

Nationally Integrated Surveillance System for Plant Pests

June 20, 2023

In conjunction with the recent Annual Diagnostics and Surveillance Workshop (ADSW 2023), PHA hosted the first project workshop investigating requirements for development of a nationally integrated surveillance system for plant pests.

Plant pest surveillance is a key activity occurring across all parts of the biosecurity continuum of pre-border, border and post-border. More

Engaging the future workforce

June 20, 2023

Plant Health Australia’s (PHA) Biosecurity Officer, Rebecca Powderly, presented an overview of biosecurity and the role PHA plays, to several undergraduate students studying biology at the Australia National University in May.

Students were introduced to biosecurity in Australia, provided with an overview of the National Priority Plant Pests, and the role of the Chief Plant Protection Officer. More

June CEO message

June 20, 2023

We kicked-off the last month of the financial year with a full itinerary of meetings and events that provided many opportunities for face-to-face discussions and networking. In the first week of June, Board Meeting 111 (BM111) was held in Sydney and included discussion on strategic issues, a review of financial reports, risk management plans and policies as well as management and compliance activities of the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD). More

PHA Board Meeting #111 Communique

June 20, 2023

The Plant Health Australia (PHA) Board recently travelled to Sydney for Board Meeting 111 (BM 111) on 30 May 2023.  The meeting was held in conjunction with the 35th Plant Industry Forum, the 12th Plant Health Australia Member Forum, the 22nd General Meeting and the 37th Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) Signatories meeting, held 31 May and 1 June at Rydges Sydney Central hotel. More

PHA 22nd General Meeting – Chairperson’s address

June 20, 2023

31 May 2023

Welcome everyone both online and in the room with me, to the 22nd hybrid General Meeting of Plant Health Australia.

Before we begin, I’d like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of our country. I pay my respect to their elders, past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. More

ANU interns complete work experience at PHA

June 15, 2023

Plant Health Australia (PHA) recently had the pleasure of hosting three students from the Australian National University (ANU) for a semester-long Science Internship Program.

The Science Internship Program offered students an opportunity to apply their technical skills and science training, while experiencing a career in a professional science context. More