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PHA Foundation Course – review

November 1, 2019

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is reviewing the eLearning PHA Foundation Course on the Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) website.

The course provides a summary of the Australian biosecurity system and how emergency responses to plant pests are managed under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed. More

PHA Board meets in South Australia

October 10, 2019

The PHA Board met in Adelaide on 5 September 2019 for Board Meeting 95. Before the meeting, Board members did a two-day field visit to relevant sites in South Australia.

Day 1 – SITPlus and Sundrop Farms

The Board spent the first day of their field visit (Tuesday, 3 September) at Port Augusta where they visited the new SITPlus facility. More

Citrus Surveillance Triage Workshop

September 30, 2019

On 24-25 September 2019, more than 50 government and industry personnel took part in training in citrus pests and diseases, surveillance techniques, and surveillance hygiene at a Citrus Surveillance Triage Workshop in Mildura.

PHA ran the Australian Government Department of Agriculture-funded workshop with assistance from Citrus Australia, Agriculture Victoria and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. More

Grains Biosecurity Officers out and about

September 27, 2019

An important part of the role of the five Grains Farm Biosecurity Program biosecurity officers is attending field days and other events to share biosecurity information and resources with grain producers.

For example, NSW Grains Biosecurity Officer attended AgQuip on 20-22 August 2019 with other members of the NSW DPI plant biosecurity and product integrity team. More

Spring clean to keep insects out

September 25, 2019

With the arrival of spring’s warmer temperatures and longer days, harvest planning and preparation are front of mind.

During this time of preparation, Grains Biosecurity Officer Jim Moran recommends considering your tactics for controlling insects while harvesting, handling and storing new grain. More

Springtime grain inspection tips for Victoria

September 25, 2019

A good grain growing season has Victorian grain farmers on track for a fantastic harvest but there is still the risk of adversity between now and then in the form of a new unwelcome pest or disease.

“Most areas enjoy good soil moisture, plenty of sunshine and stable grain prices and we have every right to expect an excellent crop, despite predictions of a drier than average spring,” says Grains Biosecurity Officer for Victoria Jim Moran. More

Strengthening Australia’s defence against fruit fly threat

September 16, 2019

Australia’s effort to manage fruit flies nationally has been bolstered with the extension of funding for the National Fruit Fly Council, the appointment of a new manager and a planned update of the National Fruit Fly Strategy.

Fruit flies threaten a substantial portion of Australia’s $11.31 billion horticulture sector and can be a major constraint to domestic and international trade. More

Reminder: Applications for Director positions close on 6 September

August 29, 2019

Plant Health Australia Limited (PHA) invites applications for four non-executive Director positions on our board.

PHA is a not-for-profit public company owned by our members, comprising all major plant industry bodies that represent Australian growers and beekeepers, the Australian Government, state and territory governments and a range of other industry partner organisations. More

Latest snapshot of plant biosecurity system released

August 23, 2019

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is pleased to release the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2018 which documents some of the key events of the year and the many layers of the plant biosecurity system that is protecting our plant industries and our environment. More

International Year of Plant Health 2020

August 22, 2019

PHA is  counting down to the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020. PHA and the Department of Agriculture are helping to coordinate promotion of the year in Australia.

The year-long campaign is being led by the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO). More