Plant Health Australia is the lead coordinating body for plant biosecurity in Australia. It is their role is to maintain and enhance partnerships between industry and governments for emergency response.
The Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) is a formal legally binding agreement between PHA, the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and national plant industry bodies. In the case of the wine industry the national body which carries this legal responsibility is Australian Vignerons (AV). Vinehealth Australia is also actively engaged through Biosecurity SA for Emergency Plant Pests (EPP) under this deed that impact the health of grapevines. The EPPRD covers the management and funding of responses to Emergency Plant Pest incidents, including the potential for owner reimbursement costs for growers. It also formalises the role of plant industries’ participation in decision making as well as their contribution towards the costs related to EPP responses.
Underpinning the EPPRD is PLANTPLAN, the agreed technical response plan used by jurisdictions and industry in responding to an EPP incident. It provides nationally consistent guidelines for response procedures under the EPPRD, outlining the phases of an incursion (investigation, alert, operational and stand down), as well as the key roles and responsibilities of industry and government during each of these phases. It incorporates best practice in EPP responses is updated regularly to incorporate new information or address gaps identified by the outcomes of EPP incident reviews.