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PHA presents future of HTS technology in biosecurity

April 17, 2024

The Plant Health and Environment Laboratory, Ministry for Primary Industries Biosecurity New Zealand, recently hosted a three-day online workshop in March.

Focusing on the know-how and advances in High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) technologies for biosecurity, the workshop enhanced collaboration in the form of new projects, in-person meetings and technical hands-on training. More

New EPPRD version issued

April 17, 2024

A new version of the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) was issued on Wednesday 3 April 2024 to include updated contact details for signatories listed in Schedule 2.

Please notify of any changes to the contact for notices for your Party to ensure you receive all EPPRD correspondence. More

Hitchhiker pests and Greenlife retailer training

April 17, 2024

Do you or your staff work in the nursery industry?
Do you or your staff work with goods that have recently been imported into Australia?

If you answered yes, did you know that you are at the front line in helping to protect Australia’s lifestyle, environment and livelihoods? More

Calling all industry liaison champions

April 17, 2024

Get ready to play an active role in enhancing your industry’s biosecurity preparedness, by attending Plant Health Australia’s free face-to-face Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) training.

ILOs are crucial during emergency plant pest responses. More

Delivering surveillance and resourcing into the future

April 17, 2024

Plant Health Australia (PHA) will be delivering a framework to address future plant pest surveillance and resourcing needs in a project that investigates requirements for the development of a Nationally Integrated Surveillance System for Plant Pests (NISSPP). More

Keynote speakers announced for 3rd Australian Biosecurity Symposium

April 17, 2024

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is excited to announce that Dr Chadden Hunter, wildlife biologist and filmmaker, along with Dr Claire Madden, Head Veterinarian at Sea World, will join the line-up of keynote speakers at the 3rd Australian Biosecurity Symposium this August. More

Make a bee-line for your hives

April 17, 2024

The annual Bee Pest Blitz campaign has commenced and is calling on all Australian beekeepers to inspect their hives for high priority pests such as varroa and tropilaelaps mites this April. If you haven’t already, this is your sign to get bee-sy and inspect your hives before winter pack down. More

PHA’s Digital Systems team presents at diagnostics and surveillance workshops

April 17, 2024

Plant Health Australia’s (PHA) Digital Systems team recently delivered two shoulder workshops at the Annual Diagnostics Workshop and Annual Surveillance Workshops, held in Tweed Heads, NSW.

The two workshops not only provided attendees with an overview of two of Plant Health Australia’s (PHA) Digital Systems, AUSPestCheck® and the Australian Plant Pest Database (APPD), but also updated users on some of the new features and enhancements that were recently developed. More

Annual diagnostics and surveillance workshops promote knowledge-sharing and networking

April 17, 2024

The hybrid Annual Diagnostics Workshop 2024 (ADW 2024) and Annual Surveillance Workshop (ASW 2024) took place at the Twin Towns Conference and Events Centre in Tweed Heads, NSW, from 19–21 March 2024.

Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific (PSNAP) and National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) shared their knowledge and learnings, and facilitated connections and collaborations through presentations, panel discussions, and workshops. More

Message from the CEO – April 2024

April 17, 2024

In the first quarter of 2024, Plant Health Australia (PHA) has prioritised engagement opportunities across the plant biosecurity system to improve collaboration, strengthen partnerships and enhance integration.

One of these opportunities was the Nationally Integrated Surveillance System for Plant Pests (NISSPP) workshop in mid-March where plant industry and government representatives from across Australia gathered in Melbourne to finalise activities to investigate requirements for the development of a NISSPP. More