Development of a Biosecurity Plan for the Australian Coffee Industry

Plant Health Australia Limited

  • Project code: PRJ-010393

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Friday, July 1, 2016

  • Project completion date: Friday, April 20, 2018

  • National Priority: NEPI-Industry building and connectivity


The development of a Biosecurity Plan (BP) for the Coffee Industry and the identification of the industry’s most significant pests provides a mechanism for industries, in collaboration with governments, to identify, assess, and prioritise biosecurity threats and provides a framework for risk mitigation and preparedness activities. When combined with PHA membership and signing of the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD), biosecurity planning provides an opportunity for industries to enhance their ability to prevent, report, and respond effectively, to pest incursions.
The scope of the BP for the Coffee Industry would encompass all industry practices including biosecurity threats to coffee. This process will allow the Australian coffee industry to take steps to improve its preparedness for exotic pests and better prioritise available resources. Planning activities to safeguard coffee production against exotic pest threats will ultimately ensure the long term sustainability of the industry and benefit the wider community.
PHA facilitates the development of each BP in consultation with an Industry Biosecurity Group (IBG). The IBG is comprised of representatives from industry, government and R&D organisations. Every BP is jointly endorsed by the industry and all governments including the Department of Agriculture, cementing the shared approach to protecting the industry.


New and Emerging Plant Industries

Research Organisation

Plant Health Australia Limited

Objective Summary

• Identification of exotic pest threats (invertebrates and pathogens) to the coffee industry, including both pests that affect host trees and pests that affect coffee.
• Assessment of the likelihood of entry, establishment and spread of the identified exotic pests, together with the potential economic impact and calculated overall biosecurity risk.
• Guidance towards farm level biosecurity best practice to mitigate the impact of endemic and exotic pest threats.
• Identification of surveillance activities undertaken for exotic and endemic pests and diagnostic capabilities available for pests of the coffee industry.
• Prioritise biosecurity activities and future action items to provide direction for the allocation of biosecurity resources within the industry and from governments.
• Identify those pests for which the potential threat is unknown and that require additional research.
• Establish what risk pathways and activities have the potential to impact the industries biosecurity pest status.
• Understand what biosecurity activity is undertaken at the national, state, industry and individual grower levels.