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About the course

This course was developed to help individuals and organisations design surveillance programs to monitor plant pests such as 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).

Surveillance plays a critical role in Australia’s plant biosecurity system by providing information about where plant pests or diseases are present. This information is used to maintain and manage the health of agricultural crops, urban and peri-urban plants, and the environment.

What you’ll learn

To gain an understanding of:

  • why surveillance is important
  • the difference between general and specific surveillance
  • what needs to be considered when designing a surveillance activity
  • the records that should be collected when conducting surveillance.

Course content

  • Module 1: Introduction to surveillance
  • Module 2: Surveillance basics
  • Module 3: Surveillance program design
  • Module 4: Data collection and reporting
  • Module 5: Final assessment.


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

Plant Health Australia.

delivery method

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

course provided by

Plant Health Australia

Course Length

30 mins




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