Programs released for ASW and ADW 2024

February 22, 2024

The programs for the Annual Diagnostic Workshop (ADW) and Annual Surveillance Workshop (ASW) 2024 are now available, and jam-packed featuring plant surveillance and diagnostic experts from around the Australasia-Pacific region.

Speakers at ADW 2024 will address the theme Challenges of unculturables and their vectors. The National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostics Network (NPBDN) event will feature presentations from expert network members covering topics including novel methods that have improved the detection and identification of unculturable organisms and their vectors, as well as National Diagnostic Protocols (NDPs). ADW 2024 is also pleased to be hosting esteemed guest speakers who will share their perspectives and diagnostics tools available to the plant biosecurity system.

ASW 2024’s theme is Surveillance in remote locations: challenges, solutions and incorporating community engagement. Presenters from across the region will present their experiences and learnings from conducting surveillance in indigenous, peri-urban, and rural areas, and will delve into the important role community engagement plays in plant pest surveillance and monitoring. Experts hailing from industry, national and state government, biosecurity champions, ag stakeholders, and environmental consultancies will present the latest programs, developments, technologies, and innovations transforming the surveillance space in the Australasian-Pacific region.

ADW and ASW 2024 will take place at the Twin Towns Conference Centre in Tweed Heads, on the QLD/NSW border, 19 – 20 March and 20 – 21 March 2024, respectively. Both events will be held separately but at the same venue and with an overlapping day (Wednesday, 20 March) to allow for cross-pollination between surveillance and diagnostics practitioners.

Although network-funded attendance has been exhausted for both events, free virtual attendance is still available. If you are interested in attending the events virtually, please complete your booking via the following forms:

The Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific (PSNAP) and National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) professional development and protocols programs are coordinated and delivered by Plant Health Australia and funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

The ADW and ASW events provide the opportunity for National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) and Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific (PSNAP) members to improve their skills, exchange tips and techniques, share knowledge, and to network with colleagues. Together, these annual events aim to strengthen plant biosecurity diagnostic and surveillance capabilities within these networks and in Australasia as a whole.

For more information on ADW 2024, ASW 2024, or the associated networks, please contact or