PHA Board meeting 105 Communique

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The Plant Health Australia (PHA) Board met virtually on Monday 29 November 2021, for Board Meeting 105.

Dr Simon McKirdy attended the first Board meeting following his appointment as a Director at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Kim Halbert and Doug Philips were also in attendance having been reappointed as Directors at the AGM.

First on the agenda was the appointment of PHA’s Chairperson for the next two years, and Steve McCutcheon was reappointed, with Dr Joanne Daly taking on the role of Deputy Chairperson for one year.

Discussions focused on the recent release of plant biosecurity strategies and plans, including PHA’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027, and progress on the National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) 2021-2031. Other items of note included:

  • a progress report on the portfolio of digital systems administered by PHA
  • the signing of the new PHA/AHA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • a review of financial reports and audits, risk mitigation plans and strategies and other internal policies.

Operational reports presented PHA’s Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) management and compliance, including PHA’s revamped free online training courses and the number of open incidents and current response plans including mango shoot looper and khapra beetle. Membership applications, a 2022 PHA member satisfaction survey, and assessing the implementation of the 2022-2027 PHA strategy was also discussed.

In other business, the Board welcomed the appointment of Nathan Hancock as Chairperson of the Plant Industry Forum (PIF).

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 2 March 2022 in Brisbane, Queensland.