About this course

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Tocal College has partnered with Animal Health Australia (AHA) since 2005, and Plant Health Australia (PHA) from 2015, to deliver nationally accredited training for biosecurity emergency response personnel. This highly successful partnership is being concluded in June 2023 and Tocal is no longer able to take new enrolments.

At a glance:

Location: Online or Blended Delivery
Course duration: Approx. 4 days over 3 months
Number of units: 2
Indicative fees: Nil (jurisdiction funded)
Accredited Course: Yes

The Biosecurity Infected Premises Operations Skill Set PUASS00060 provides the skills and knowledge required to carry out emergency disease or plant pest control activities at a site affected by an emergency animal disease outbreak or emergency plant pest incursion, including following procedures that reduce the likelihood of pathogenic organisms entering a quarantine site.

Course structure

To successfully achiever the Biosecurity Infected Premises Operations Skill Set, you must:

  1. Complete two (2) foundation courses from Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia
  2. Complete two (2) online modules
  3. Attend one (1) face-to-face workshop.

The diagram below gives an overview of the course structure:

Biosecurity emergency infected premises operations


Complete the two (2) Foundation Courses from Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia. These provide an informative introduction to the operation of plant pest and animal disease biosecurity emergency responses.

    The two (2) online modules include:

    • QUARBER Working in a biosecurity emergency response infected premises or quarantine team (approx. 4-5 hours)
    • MACHBER Inspection and decontamination of equipment and machinery to prevent the spread of pests and diseases (approx. 3 hours).

There will be a face-to-face workshop where jurisdiction-specific information will be covered, and the final assessment for the units of competency AHCBER303 Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises and AHCBIO202 Follow site quarantine procedures will take place. Your trainer will provide details of the timing and location of this workshop.

Note: Please check with your jurisdiction training coordinator to make sure this course is available in your area.

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