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About the course

This course is designed to help those working in Australia’s urban, native and plantation forests to become familiar the importance of biosecurity, and provide information about pests and diseases that threaten Australia’s forests.

The course includes photos of symptoms for some of Australian forestry’s priority pests and diseases for both softwood and hardwood species as well as how a possible detection of these pests can be reported.

What you’ll learn

By completing this course, you will learn about:

  • the importance of Australia’s plantation, native and urban forests and why biosecurity is important to protect them from pest threats
  • ways to protect your plantation, native or urban forest from pest threats
  • pests and diseases symptoms that you may find in plantation, native and urban forests
  • how to report suspect exotic pests including some of the tools that have been developed to promote tree pest identification and reporting.

Course content

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Protecting Australia’s forests from exotic pest threats
  • Module 3: Biosecurity: urban, native and plantation forests
  • Module 4: Pest and disease symptoms and signs: softwood and hardwood
  • Module 5: Reporting pests and diseases.


To access this training, you will need to log in to the Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) learning management platform. Access is free and available to anyone with an interest in biosecurity. If you are not already a member, then you will need to register and create a new account.

For help with BOLT, please contact [email protected].

Funding acknowledgement

Forest Watch Australia.

delivery method

Online Virtual training conducted entirely through digital platforms, allowing participants to learn remotely.

course provided by

Plant Health Australia

Course Length

45 mins




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