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Plant Health Australia (PHA) has delivered Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) training workshops across Australia throughout the year. Workshops in Brisbane, Tasmania, Perth, and Adelaide attracted 79 participants from 14 industries across a number of different sectors including broadacre, forestry, horticulture and honey bees.  The face-to-face workshops were delivered in collaboration with biosecurity agencies from the host states.

PHA’s ILO training aims to equip ILO’s with an understanding of the knowledge and tasks they will need to work in a control centre during a plant biosecurity response. ILOs learn how they would work alongside the incident management team to provide an industry perspective on response activities and to support their industry.

Feedback from participants has been very positive with many indicating that the practical activities and examples, ability to ask questions and networking with other industries as highlights of the workshop. Participants also felt they improved their confidence to perform the ILO role.

Planning for next year’s workshops is underway and a calendar of dates will be available shortly. Nominated ILOs are encouraged to attend the workshops and to register your interest in please email [email protected].