The AWRI delivers biosecurity management activities on behalf of Australian Vignerons. As a signatory to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD), Australian Vignerons has a national responsibility for biosecurity arrangements in the wine sector and undertakes this responsibility in close association with WFA, Wine Australia and other agricultural industries.
Collaboration on biosecurity issues and activities
The AWRI held regular meetings and ongoing dialogue with Plant Health Australia (PHA) and participated in categorisation exercises for exotic viticulture pest and diseases, a Xylella (Pierce’s Disease) preparedness workshop and the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests. The National Viticulture Biosecurity Committee, to which the AWRI provides secretariat services, met twice during the year to establish and monitor an annual work plan and to establish communication networks with industry and government. One outcome of these meetings was the successful application to PHA for funds to undertake a review of the existing Phylloxera Exclusion Zone maintenance protocols. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Vinehealth Australia.