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).

Hitchhiker Pests – a free short course focusing on staff working with goods that have recently arrived in Australia – including warehousing, receiving, distribution centres, supply chain/logistics and other critical points along the supply chain. It provides information on what hitchhiker pests are, their impact, how to recognize them and how to report them. Register now.



Greenlife Retailer Pests and Diseases – a free short course for nursery staff to help them understand the impact of pests and diseases, recognize characteristics of pests and diseases, where to look for them in the workplace and what steps to take to contain and report a suspected pest or disease. Register now.



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.

Industry Liaison Officer training – designed for Industry Liaison Officers (ILOs) to improve response readiness of industry representatives that may be called on to work in the incident management structure during a response, and to understand their roles and responsibilities. ILOs contribute to decision-making by providing the affected industry’s perspective on aspects of the operational response. If you are interested in the ILO role and attending a workshop, discuss it with your peak industry body and submit an EOI to

Biosecurity Surveillance: Protecting Australia’s Forests – Designed for those with an interest in and who regularly work with trees, Biosecurity Surveillance: Protecting Australia’s Forests is designed to increase biosecurity awareness, encourage reporting of suspect pest sightings, break down communication barriers between the general public and forest health experts and complement other forest projects including Forest Watch Australia and MyPestGuideTM Trees. This course recognises that everyone has a role to play in protecting the Australian forests from new pests or diseases.

CitrusWatch – CitrusWatch is a national program that aims to ensure that the Australian citrus industry remains free of harmful high priority pests, retains access to key markets through access to robust surveillance data, and has the surveillance mechanisms and expertise in place to quickly detect, High Priority Pests. This course is targeted at those doing surveillance in southern Australia. Information regarding seasonal considerations and data on extoic citrus psyllid activity is relevant to southern Australia and will differ from the northern citrus growing regions. This course aims to upskill early Detector Network volunteers located in the southern regions of Australia in exotic citrus pest trapping and identification of harmful species.

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.