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Break the pest cycle before sowing

May 7, 2019

With challenging and dry conditions prevailing this year, Grains Biosecurity Officer Jim Moran recommends staying one step ahead of pests by using farm biosecurity practices before and during sowing.

“Simple things can save you money in the long run by reducing the introduction and spread of pests, diseases and weeds on your property,” explained Jim. More

Biosecurity Pathways and Surveillance Strategy workshop

April 9, 2019

On 2–3 April 2019, industry and government representatives met in Brisbane for a Biosecurity Pathways and Surveillance Strategy workshop. Participants gained a greater understanding of the biosecurity risks posed by the range of routes via which pests can get into and travel through northern Australia.. More

Exercise Crown and Anchor

April 9, 2019

The National Biosecurity Response Team (NBRT), a cohort of trained and experienced staff from across Australia with recognised skills in biosecurity emergency responses, tested their ability to effectively deliver biosecurity responses in Commonwealth places as part of Exercise Crown and Anchor, held in Canberra on 25–28 March 2019. More

Annual Surveillance Workshop 2019

April 9, 2019

The Annual Surveillance Workshop 2019 was held in Brisbane on 13–14 March for people working in pest surveillance to engage with each other as part of the newly established Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific. The workshop was attended by 62 people from several plant industries, the Australian government, state governments, research agencies and New Zealand. More

Outstanding contributions recognised at 2019 Australian Biosecurity Awards

March 14, 2019

The contributions of industry and government personnel to Australia’s biosecurity system were recognised at the Australian Biosecurity Awards on 5 March 2019.

David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award

The David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mike Ashton of Biosecurity Queensland. More

Credit to partners in NT banana freckle eradication

February 18, 2019

The recent announcement of national freedom from banana freckle is a credit to all partners involved in eradicating the disease.

It is the considered, dedicated and long-term effort of Australia’s commercial banana growers, the Northern Territory public and government agencies that resulted in this positive outcome. More

National Biosecurity Committee presents at PHA-AHA Member Industry Forum

February 4, 2019

Members of the National Biosecurity Committee (NBC) made a series of presentations at the Plant Health Australia–Animal Health Australia joint member industry forum in November 2018.

Presentation topics included implementing recommendations from the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) Review, and experiences of recent biosecurity responses. More

Post-harvest jobs to protect stored grain from pests

January 14, 2019

Post-harvest is the perfect time to do three simple on-farm hygiene jobs to protect your stored grain from pests.

Kym McIntyre from the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program advises that over summer is a good time to clean your unused grain storage and handling equipment and clear piles of grain residues on your farm. More

Christmas hours and emergency contacts

December 21, 2018

The Plant Health Australia (PHA) office will be closed from the afternoon of Friday 21 December 2018 until Wednesday 2 January 2019.

The Board and staff of PHA wish you all a happy Christmas and a safe holiday season.

In the event of an emergency plant pest incident or for any other urgent matters, please contact:

Greg Fraser, Executive Director and CEO, 0419 503 315 or More

Exercise Bee Prepared

December 19, 2018

The Australian and state governments and the beekeeping industry participated in Exercise Bee Prepared this year to improve their readiness to respond to a detection of varroa mite (Varroa destructor).

For the exercise, Plant Health Australia facilitated a series of activities and discussion workshops to test the response to a detection of this serious pest of honey bees. More