Biosecurity Online Training

PHA’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) platform provides e-learning courses related to plant biosecurity. Access is free and available to anyone with an interest in biosecurity.

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Course descriptions

Plant Biosecurity in Australia – provides a summary of the Australian biosecurity system and how emergency responses to plant pests are managed under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed. This course replaces the PHA Foundation course.

National EPP Response Management – introduces the purpose of the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests and the National Management Group, the roles and responsibilities of their members, and the decision making process in an incident.

Growers – Pest Reporting and Responses – a short course focusing on a grower’s role in reporting and responses. It provides information on how to report and what may happen after you do. A fact sheet summarising some of the key information from the course can be downloaded here.



Researchers – Pest Reporting and Responses – a short course focusing on the reporting obligations of researchers. It provides information on how to report new or unusual plant pests and what may happen after you do. A fact sheet on reporting for researchers is available here.



Plant Surveillance – a course to help individuals and organisations improve their knowledge of surveillance terminology and principles and factors to consider when designing surveillance programs to monitor plant pests.

While it was designed for surveillance professionals working in Australia’s plant biosecurity system (including in governments and the agricultural sector), the course may also be valuable for other groups with an interest in plant health (e.g. botanic gardens and environmental groups).

Biosecurity for beekeepers

Biosecurity for Beekeepers – provides advice on keeping honey bees healthy using industry best practice. This course supports the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice and is one way to meet the training requirement of the Code. (Please note: this course is on a different site to the other BOLT courses.)

This course is free for all beekeepers based in Australia ($40 for international enrolments). Once you are on the login page for the Biosecurity for Beekeepers course, there are a few simple steps to enrol, and then you will be able to access and complete the course. If you need more help, a step by step guide to get started is available in the Biosecurity for Beekeepers fact sheet.


More information about training and help with BOLT

If you want to know more about BOLT or need help with registration or enrolment, please email or call 02 6215 7700.