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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

Message from the CEO June 2021

June 15, 2021

This month, we kicked-off the halfway mark to the year by focusing on member and industry liaison through the Plant Industry Forum (PIF), General Meeting (GM), Members Forum, EPPRD Parties Meeting and Board Meeting held in Sydney over three days. More

Message from the CEO May 2021

May 19, 2021

The past 30 days has brought many reasons to celebrate. The first one is 21 years of operation for PHA, from small beginnings in our early days with six staff and 23 members to 35 staff, 59 members and 48 signatories 21 years later. I’m very proud to lead a company that for over two decades has diligently worked behind the scenes to minimise plant pest impacts, boost productivity and profitability of our industries and enhance market access. More

Contingency planning: A new streamlined model

May 6, 2021

There are over 70 contingency plans on the PHA website’s Pest Information Document Database, which provide technical and scientific advice to support decision making and response activities following the detection of a plant pest. These documents are especially valuable in the early stages of a response, where information is required rapidly. More

Happy Birthday PHA! 21 years of improving national biosecurity outcomes

April 29, 2021

April 2021 marks 21 years of improving national biosecurity outcomes through partnerships for Plant Health Australia (PHA). To celebrate this milestone, we cast our eye back on the lifetime of the company and the shared partnerships and member support that has contributed to the success of PHA. More

Message from the CEO April 2021

April 12, 2021

The first 90 days of 2021 have been busy for us at PHA, notably marked by the release of our Mid-Year Performance Report in February and our well-attended Annual Operational Plan member webinar in March.

The first three months of this year have also brought severe weather events, with primary producers in far north Queensland dealing with tropical cyclone Niran in February, followed by storms, torrential rain and floods in southern Queensland and the New South Wales border in March. More

Increasing emergency response capability in the Apple Isle

April 8, 2021

In March, PHA’s Biosecurity and Emergency Management Training Manager, Matt Chifley, and Project Officer, Lucy Aukett, delivered Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) awareness and industry liaison (IL) officer training in Tasmania.

The EPPRD awareness training – part of the National Emergency Plant Pest Training Program – was delivered in Hobart on day one to staff from Biosecurity Tasmania. More

PHA Board meeting 102 and strategic workshop

March 11, 2021

On Tuesday 23 February 2021, the PHA Board met for their first face-to-face meeting in just over a year, with the majority of Directors able to attend in person.

Day one featured a workshop to progress the development of PHA’s next strategic plan. More

Mangrove biosecurity workshop

March 11, 2021

On 18 February 2021, PHA teamed up with the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) to hold a mangrove biosecurity workshop at Cairns Aquarium.

The evening workshop was well attended with around 35 industry participants including reef tourism operators, sugar cane farmers, university staff, and representatives from CAFNEC and the Mulgrave River Catchment Landcare group. More

Message from the CEO March 2021

March 11, 2021

In a world still defined by fluctuating coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions, it continues to be challenging for us at Plant Health Australia (PHA) to bring together and partner with our stakeholders to solve problems and develop solutions to achieve our collective goals. More