Safeguarding Indigenous-led forestry

September 16, 2021

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is leading a consortium of Indigenous forestry enterprises and experts, and plant biosecurity researchers to boost biosecurity awareness and improve biosecurity practices to protect community-managed forestry businesses from exotic pests and diseases. More

Message from the CEO September 2021

September 16, 2021

The ongoing state and territory COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions continue to challenge our business as usual practices however they’ve also provided us with opportunities to find new ways of facilitating and driving partnerships to improve policy, practice and performance of the plant biosecurity system. More

Training to boost industry response capability

September 15, 2021

Biosecurity Queensland, Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia have teamed up to provide training to industry representatives on how communication and engagement unfolds in a biosecurity incident.

The training is designed to provide a development opportunity for industry-based communication and engagement professionals who may be involved in a biosecurity incident response. More

Eradication of red witchweed on track

September 15, 2021

Early detection, a comprehensive surveillance and eradication program, and the willingness to experiment with new technologies means the Red Witchweed Eradication Program (the Program) is on track to eradicate this invasive plant from the only known infestation in Australia, near Mackay in Queensland. More

PHA launches free plant biosecurity surveillance training

September 2, 2021

Plant Health Australia (PHA) has launched an online plant biosecurity surveillance course aimed at strengthening industry and government’s plant biosecurity response readiness and resilience.

Funded by the Australian Government and available on PHA’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) platform, the free course outlines basic surveillance terminology and principles. More

Industry Liaison workshop goes virtual

September 1, 2021

Amid rolling coronavirus restrictions and after numerous Covid-19 related delays, the New South Wales Department of Industry (NSW DPI) Industry Liaison (IL) workshop was delivered in a virtual format in July.

Jointly delivered by Plant Health Australia (PHA) and NSW DPI, the workshop was attended by 20 industry and government representatives including melons, cotton, berries, forestry, horticulture and local land services. More

The status of plant biosecurity in Australia

August 27, 2021

The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report (NPBSR) is the latest comprehensive plant biosecurity resource detailing Australia’s plant biosecurity system and the pre-border, border and post-border activities undertaken in the last year. More

Message from the CEO August 2021

August 20, 2021

The last few weeks have certainly brought about rapid developments in the biosecurity sphere with the detection of American serpentine leaf miner in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area, sparking further surveillance efforts across northern Australia, eradication of Varroa mite from Townsville, Queensland and numerous states and territories entering and extending their Covid-19 lockdowns. More

Message from the CEO July 2021

July 20, 2021

At the commencement of my term as CEO, I shared my vision for Plant Health Australia (PHA) as being the repository of knowledge for everything plant health within Australia, with government, industry, peak bodies and growers working together to achieve an integrated national plant biosecurity system. More

Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program recipient

July 19, 2021

Australian Grape and Wine’s biosecurity manager and advocate, Anna Hooper, was recently announced as a recipient of the National Farmers Federation’s (NFF) Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

The program provides a mentoring opportunity for aspiring female leaders and builds a network of female leaders across the country, from diverse backgrounds and with differing skill sets – all with a passion for agriculture. More