Biosecurity Online Training

PHA’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) platform provides e-learning courses related to plant biosecurity. Access is free (apart from the Biosecurity for Beekeepers course) and available to anyone with an interest in biosecurity. The courses available are:

PHA Foundation 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.

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.

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.

Bee Biosecurity Awareness – a short awareness course that adds to the Biosecurity Manual for the Honey Bee Industry. It provides an introduction to biosecurity best practice, hive inspections, surveillance, moving hives and how to report a suspect Emergency Plant Pest.

Managing giant pine scale in Victoria – a short awareness course developed by Agriculture Victoria to provide information about giant pine scale, a scale insect that lives by sucking the sap of pine, fir and spruce trees, sometimes killing the tree. The course includes the impacts of the pest, signs to look out for and strategies to minimise its spread.

Biosecurity for Beekeepers – provides advice on keeping honey bees healthy using industry best practice. This course supports the Australian Honey Bee Industry 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.)

If you are a registered beekeeper you will need a token to do this course for free. If you don’t have a token you will need to pay $20 (or $40 if you are overseas). 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 [email protected] or call 02 6215 7700.