Plant Health Committee


Plant Health Committee, Australia’s peak government biosecurity policy and decision-making forum, met in Perth from 29 July to 1 August. The committee brings together the Chief Plant Health Managers from each state and territory and the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer.

The recent meeting included an update on the tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) work by the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and a visit to the TPP insectary. Discussions were also held on interstate movement of commodities during a visit to a large strawberry farm.

PHA is an observer on the committee and representatives attend committee meetings in an advisory capacity. Rodney Turner, General Manager Partnerships at PHA, attended the recent meeting. He noted that it covered many items of interest to PHA including discussions regarding:

  • MyPestGuide
  • AusPestCheck
  • the review of the National Plant Biosecurity Strategy and sub strategies
  • PHC research, development and extension priorities
  • the interstate trade review managed by PHA.