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Turning a moment into a movement: mobilising 25 million biosecurity warriors

November 6, 2020

With Covid-19 and other biosecurity risks placing unprecedented pressure on our biosecurity system, more than 250 champions from across Australia’s and New Zealand’s biosecurity sectors came together for a virtual workshop to discuss how we can mobilise a 25 million-strong biosecurity mass movement. More

Vale Dr Kim Ritman

September 15, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr Kim Ritman, Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer.

Many of you will have met and worked with Kim and understand that he built a deep and rich legacy within the biosecurity and scientific community, across industry and government and all sectors more broadly, and with anyone who knew him. More

New online course on plant biosecurity in Australia

July 22, 2020

Plant Health Australia (PHA) has launched a new online course on the fundamentals of plant biosecurity in Australia.

The new course is called Plant Biosecurity in Australia and replaces the old PHA Foundation Course.

The content of the old course was completely refreshed to keep up with an evolving Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed and the needs of plant biosecurity stakeholders. More

Plant Health Australia welcomes new CEO Sarah Corcoran

July 13, 2020

In early July, Sarah Corcoran commenced as CEO of Plant Health Australia (PHA), the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership on plant biosecurity.

PHA Chair, Steve McCutcheon, said Sarah was awarded the position in April following a rigorous recruitment process undertaken by the PHA Board. More

We need your weevils: survey to measure phosphine resistance in grain storages

July 9, 2020

As part of a continuing, national effort to measure the resistance of insects in stored grain to phosphine, the Victoria’s Grains Biosecurity Officer, Jim Moran, wants to visit farms to collect insects in and around grain storages.

The project is funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation via grain grower levies and will benchmark the distribution of insect resistance to phosphine around Australia. More

New tools to help seasonal workers be biosecurity aware

July 3, 2020

Plant Health Australia (PHA) has produced a video and fact sheet in nine languages to raise awareness amongst transient farm workers of the simple things they can do to reduce their risk of spreading plant pests and diseases.

Transient workers are a crucial part of the workforce for many farm businesses but bringing workers onto farm, from overseas or other parts of Australia, can pose a biosecurity risk. More

The state of plant biosecurity in Australia

July 2, 2020

The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2019 was released this week by Plant Health Australia (PHA), bringing together contributions from over 100 government, industry and research organisations.

PHA publishes the report annually to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of plant biosecurity in Australia in the previous calendar year. More

Board update – Board meeting 99

June 30, 2020

Plant Health Australia (PHA) held its 99th Board meeting via Zoom on Wednesday 27 May 2020. The agenda was slightly modified to reduce the overall time on a video call. It focused on outcomes from the 19th General Meeting on 25 May 2020, strategy and issues requiring decision. More

2018-19 Report to levies stakeholders

May 5, 2020

In 2018-19, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment disbursed over $828 million in agricultural levies to industry. This included $17.2 million for biosecurity.

The Report to levies stakeholders 2018–19 summarises the department’s management of the agricultural levies system for 201819. More

Next Plant Health Australia CEO announced

April 6, 2020

The Board of Plant Health Australia Limited (PHA) is pleased to announce that Sarah Corcoran has been appointed as the company’s next Chief Executive Officer. Sarah’s appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process undertaken by the PHA Board that attracted a strong field of candidates for the position. More