19 Mar 2018

Interstate rivalries will be put on hold next week, during an exercise to determine how Queensland and New South Wales respond in the event of a biosecurity incident affecting both states. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said more than 260 people from across Australia would participate from 5 – 9 March 2018, making it the biggest functional biosecurity exercis...

08 Mar 2018

Recent research into Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector demonstrates how important data linkage techniques are in developing a better understanding of the sector’s effectiveness, according to a new report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The report Data linkage in VET research: opportunities, challenges and principl...

08 Mar 2018

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) is encouraging farmers to book their ticket for next week’s Food Leaders Australia (FLA) Intensive Ag conference in Dalby on Wednesday 28 February 2018. The conference will bring together farmers and representatives from the beef, pork and poultry industries to explore a range of topics, including social license to operate, waste management, plan...

08 Mar 2018

Harvest is usually the season when extra activity on your property can create additional biosecurity risks for your farm. According to Rod Turner, General Manager, Preparedness and R&D at Plant Health Australia, every movement onto your farm risks bringing in hitchhiking pests and weeds. “People who come into production areas to pick fruit can pose a risk. Harvesting machinery and ...

05 Mar 2018

In February 2018, two workers received severe burns to their legs, upper body and face when fuel ignited in the back of a truck. A generator in the back of the truck had tipped over while being transported, spilling fuel. On arrival the workers opened the back of the truck and noticed a strong smell of fuel. They were in the truck and had uprighted the generator ready to unload it when t...

05 Mar 2018

In February 2018, a truck fitted with a vehicle loading crane was driven along a road with its stabiliser extended. The stabiliser struck a parked vehicle and a worker standing behind this vehicle was crushed and killed. It is not yet known why the stabiliser was unsecured and investigations are continuing. Preventing a similar incident Stabilisers and outriggers have many configurations...

01 Mar 2018

Mustering rangeland goats has become an important source of income for many producers, fueled by a rising international demand for goat meat and a handy rise in prices over the last decade. However, producers should exercise caution when rounding up and selling a mob, according to Animal Health Australia’s Senior Manager Biosecurity, Dr Rob Barwell. “Having rangeland goats on your prop...