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About the course

This course raises awareness of what impact pests and diseases can have, how they get here, what pests and diseases are of significant concern and what symptoms they display. Critically the course outlines what you need to do if you see something unusual. You don’t need to be an expert, you just need to keep your eyes peeled and report anything unusual.

What you’ll learn

On completion of this course you will have a broad understanding of the following:

  • realise the impacts pests and disease can have on our livelihoods, lifestyle, and environment
  • understand the definition of unwanted pests and diseases
  • recognise characteristics of suspect pests and diseases and where to look for them in the workplace
  • understand what steps should be taken to contain a suspect pest or disease
  • understand your role and responsibility in reporting a suspect pest or disease
  • understand how to incorporate workplace biosecurity practices into your day-to-day tasks.

Course content

  • Module 1: Impact of plant pests and diseases
  • Module 2: How do plant pests and diseases get into Australia
  • Module 3: Spotted anything unusual
  • Module 4: What to do next
  • Module 5: Clean working environment
  • Module 6: What have you learnt.


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

Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and Plant Health Australia.

delivery method

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

course provided by

Plant Health Australia Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries NSW Department of Primary Industries

Course Length

30 mins




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