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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

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