Media releases 2016


NT Farmers join Plant Health Australia

17 August
NT Farmers have joined Plant Health Australia (PHA) to ensure that the organisation is involved in biosecurity at the highest level, it was announced this week. More

Plant biosecurity forum identifies opportunities for cross-sectoral research

20 July
Around 90 people gathered in Melbourne for two days last week to identify ways to maximise the benefits of scientific research for Australia’s crop producers, with a particular emphasis on projects on pests that attack more than one crop.

Participants at the Plant Biosecurity RD&E Priorities Forum, held at Agribio, identified the top cross sectoral priorities for research in Australia as well as ways to improve the plant biosecurity RD&E system. More

Three new industries join Plant Health Australia

20 July
The sweet potato, truffle and blueberry industries are the latest members of Plant Health Australia (PHA), the coordinators of the plant biosecurity partnership in Australia, it was announced this week.

With the three new peak bodies signing up, PHA now has 38 industries in addition to all Australian Governments as members of the not-for-profit organisation. More

New biosecurity plan protects the sugarcane industry

4 July
To ensure its future viability and sustainability, Australia’s sugarcane industry has undergone a rigorous biosecurity planning process to minimise the risks posed by exotic pests over the next five years.

The latest version of the Biosecurity Plan for the Sugarcane Industry was coordinated by Plant Health Australia (PHA) through investment from Sugar Research Australia. It uses a new planning framework, and was developed through a partnership approach using government and industry resources and expertise, helping to ensure the industry is on the front foot and prepared for any potential exotic pests. More

Four new biosecurity plans help to secure the future of Australian horticulture

3 May
The future looks brighter for Australian horticulture due to the finalisation of biosecurity plans for the pineapple, tomato, blueberry and tree nut industries, Plant Health Australia (PHA) announced this week.

With the development of these plans, all of the 36 industry members of PHA have now been through this process, a significant achievement that safeguards future production. More

New faces on National Fruit Fly Council

13 April
Membership of the recently established National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) has been broadened and a full time manager appointed to assist the Council carry out its mission to coordinate fruit fly management activities at a national level.

The NFFC brings together government and industry members to drive the delivery of a national system that prevents fruit flies being a constraint to sustainable production or a barrier to trade and market access. More

Bee biosecurity officer appointed in NSW

4 April
Beekeepers in NSW now have an advisor on hand to help them keep their hives free from pests and diseases, as part of Plant Health Australia’s Bee Biosecurity Program, it was announced this week.

Hayley Pragert has started work in the new role of Bee Biosecurity Officer as part of a joint industry–government initiative to look after Australia’s honey bees. More