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The Farm Biosecurity e-Newsletter is out now!

October 30, 2023

The Farm Biosecurity e-Newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that contains the latest pest and disease alerts, updates about new resources such as videos, factsheets, apps, and other relevant on-farm biosecurity developments.

The October issue has just been published, read it now via the link below. More

PHA Board Meeting 112 Communique

October 23, 2023

The Plant Health Australia (PHA) Board travelled to the Northern Territory (NT) and convened for PHA Board Meeting (BM) 112 from 19-20 September 2023.

Hosted in the offices of the Northern Australia Development Office (NADO) in Darwin, the agenda for BM112 included discussion of national and organisational strategy, PHA finance, budgeting and related policy, a review of corporate risk, policy and auditing, discussion of PHA membership applications, and preparation for the PHA Annual General Meeting and Plant Industry Forum. More

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

October 23, 2023

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

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

PHA has four new NBRT cadets

October 23, 2023

Plant Health Australia’s (PHA) Luke McKee, Mandy Jarvis, Emily Sears, and Niki Sheperd recently attended the latest National Biosecurity Response Team (NBRT) Cadet training program, held 12 – 13 October in Canberra.

Animal Health Australia (AHA) partnered with the ACT government to present the training program to 26 nominated individuals from across the biosecurity spectrum in the ACT, including PHA, the Department of Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPPSD), Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS), Icon Water, and Suburban Land Agency. More

2023 Industry Liaison Officer Training

October 23, 2023

Plant Health Australia (PHA) has delivered Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) training workshops across Australia throughout the year. Workshops in Brisbane, Tasmania, Perth, and Adelaide attracted 79 participants from 14 industries across a number of different sectors including broadacre, forestry, horticulture and honey bees.   More

Boosting Victorian grapevine biosecurity

October 23, 2023

Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR), Biosecurity and Agricultural Services (BAS), Plant Health Australia (PHA) and Wine Victoria (WV) facilitated two workshops on grapevine biosecurity in Mildura and Melbourne during September.

The workshops presented an overview of important grapevine viruses and the viruses present in Victoria, through the ‘Growing Victorian Wine into the Future’ program commissioned by Wine Victoria and funded by the Victorian Government. More

New mobile app to record tree pests

October 23, 2023

A new mobile app, MyPestGuide® Trees, is available to industry, government, and citizen scientists, empowering all to easily identify and report invasive pests and diseases that could threaten our native, plantation and urban forests.

While many potentially damaging pests and diseases exist overseas, Australia has robust biosecurity measures in place to mitigate these risks. More

Virtual ADSW 2023 brings surveillance and diagnostic practitioners together

October 23, 2023

The National Implementation Working Group (NIWG), Plant Surveillance Network Working Group (PSNWG), and PHA presented the virtual Annual Diagnostic and Surveillance Workshop (ADSW) 2023 on Friday, 6 October 2023.

Over 130 National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) and Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific (PSNAP) members from across the Australasia-Pacific region joined the two-and a-half-hour online event in what was a great opportunity for engaged surveillance and diagnostic professionals to present and discuss topical issues in the plant biosecurity space. More

Message from the CEO – October 2023

October 23, 2023

Welcome to the fourth quarter of 2023 and another exciting edition of Tendrils!

Late last month, I travelled with our Board to the Northern Territory for Board Meeting (BM) 112 hosted in the offices of the Northern Australia Development Office (NADO) in Darwin. More