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eLearning course for the forest industry

August 30, 2023

Plant Health Australia (PHA) has recently introduced an online course Biosecurity Surveillance: Protecting Australia’s Forests developed with funding provided by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). More

The August issue of the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network newsletter is out now.

August 28, 2023

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

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

PHA celebrates National Science Week 2023

August 24, 2023

National Science Week is an annual celebration of science and innovation across Australia. It gives us an opportunity to reflect, share and celebrate the important role of science in our day-to-day lives.

The event aims to spark an interest in science in young people, encouraging and inspiring them to use science to further explore the fascinating world we live in. More

Message from the CEO – August 2023

August 24, 2023

The critical need for ongoing national discussions to promote a common understanding, collaboration, and consistency across government, researchers, growers, and other industry stakeholders, was highlighted again this month.

In mid-July I attended an international forum in Brisbane to manage hitchhiker biosecurity risks associated with sea containers. More

CitrusWatch’s Early Detector Network newsletter out now

August 24, 2023

The Australian citrus industry is a large and vibrant horticultural industry, with over 28,000 hectares of citrus planted by approximately 1,400 growers. The industry provides significant value to rural communities and the wider economy, and without adequate preparedness future biosecurity threats pose serious risks to the $942 million industry. More

Exercise Aggregate: improving industry liaison in Victoria

August 23, 2023

Plant Health Australia (PHA), Agriculture Victoria (AgVic), and industry representatives from AUSVEG and the Australian Table Grapes Association, collaborated to design and deliver Exercise Aggregate: Industry liaison training earlier this month. More

PHA develops new partnerships to support and build biosecurity

August 23, 2023

Plant Health Australia (PHA) continues to develop new partnerships to support and build biosecurity capacity in Australia.

As part of a Commonwealth-funded project, Safeguarding Indigenous-led forestry in northern Australia, PHA has been working with forest health and Indigenous engagement specialists from the Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (NT DITT), Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF), and University of the Sunshine Coast to provide forest biosecurity training to Gumatj Corporation and Traditional Owners in East Arnhem Land and to Plantation Management Partners and Tiwi Plantations Corporation employees based on the Tiwi Islands. More