Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

Plantation forestry

You have an important role to play in protecting your property and the entire forestry industry from biosecurity threats.


Plantation forestry | Plantation forestry pests | Forestry biosecurity practices | Hypothetical incursion | Plantation forestry quality assurance

Biosecurity Manual for the Plantation Timber IndustryThe Biosecurity Manual for Plantation Timber Industry outlines the recommended on farm biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for foresters are listed below. The forestry industry section also includes information about specific pests, management practices and a hypothetical incursion by pine bark beetle.

Farm biosecurity

Pests and diseases can severely affect your plantation. It makes good business sense to take measures to improve biosecurity. Here are some simple practices that can reduce the possibility of pests or diseases entering and establishing in your plantation. Each practice should be embedded in everyday management activities.

1. Monitor plantations for pests and diseases

Check plantations regularly for pests and diseases. Record the results of monitoring, even if you don’t find anything. Become familiar with the endemic pests and diseases in your area and be vigilant for anything unusual. Be aware of the symptoms that could indicate the presence of exotic pests and diseases on your trees (factsheets are provided in the back of this manual). Keep written and photographic records of all unusual observations. Constant vigilance is vital for early detection of any exotic plant pest or disease.

2. Be aware

Any time you visit a plantation is an opportunity to monitor for pests or diseases. Whenever you are working in a plantation keep an eye out for anything unusual, signs of new pests, diseases or poorly performing trees.

3. Report anything unusual

If you suspect a new pest or disease may be present, report it immediately to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline. Early detection provides the best chance of eradication.

4. Use pest-free propagation material

Ensure planting material is purchased from reputable sources, and is free of pests and diseases. Request and maintain records that state the source and testing history of planting material to allow the origin of pests or diseases to be traced.

5. Biosecurity signs and people movement

People can inadvertently carry pests and diseases. The use of biosecurity signs can help to inform visitors and contractors of any biosecurity measures that are in place in the plantation.

6. Reduce risks posed by vehicles and equipment

Moving machinery between plantations can spread pests and diseases. Ensure that staff and contractors comply with your biosecurity requirements.

7. Abide by the law

Be aware of and support laws and regulations established to protect the plantation timber industry. If you see anything unusual, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline.

Biosecurity toolkit


The Biosecurity Manual for Plantation Timber Industry outlines the recommended biosecurity practices that aim to reduce the risk of pests. Other resources for foresters are listed below.  


Biosecurity and farm inputs
Biosecurity and farm outputs
Biosecurity and people movement
Controlling and managing myrtle rust
FarmBiosecurity App
Feral animals and weeds
Production practices
Train, plan and record
Vehicle and equipment biosecurity

More information

To ensure your plantation has the best protection against the introduction and spread of new pests, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your activities by completing a biosecurity checklist. Once identified, a few simple, non-costly and practical procedures can be implemented to strengthen areas of greatest risk to your plantation. While changing everyday practices can take more effort in the short term, these will become second nature with time and are easier and cheaper than dealing with the introduction of a new pest.
  Pest surveillance | Reporting suspect pests