SPHD Working Groups

There are five working groups that contribute to SPHD, together with an Executive Group. The working groups include the Diagnostic Standards Working Group (DSWG), the Network Implementation Working Group (NIWG), the Reference Collections Working Group (RCWG), the Surge Capacity Working Group (SCWG), and the Surveillance Diganostics Working Group (SDWG).

Executive Group

The Executive Group is the governing body of SPHD and includes the Chair, Deputy Chair, the Executive Officer and may draw on specific expertise within the subcommittee as required. It is responsible for ensuring the effective operation of the subcommittee and its working groups.

Diagnostic Standards Working Group (DSWG)

The DSWG is responsible for:

  • the identification, facilitation, assessment, approval and review of national diagnostic standards for emergency plant pests
  • identifying diagnostic training needs and coordinating the national plant diagnostic scholarship program.
  • drafting guidelines and reference standards for the development of National Diagnostic Protocols

Network Implementation Working Group (NIWG)

NIWG is tasked with with coordinating the development of the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network. This is facilitated primarily through the delivery of the Annual Diagnosticians Workshop, which brings together plant biosecurity diagnosticians from around the country to network and undertake training activities. Other activities undertaken by NIWG to support the implementation of the NPBDN include the development of this website, implementation of network governance and the strategic planning and communication of network activities such as residential programs and training workshops.

NIWG was responsible for the development of the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy to enable the delivery of a strong and robust diagnostic system in Australia into the future.

Reference Collections Working Group (RCWG)

The RCWG is responsible for developing a strategic approach to the long-term viability of plant pest reference collections. The terms of reference will include ensuring validity of pest records and identifications, managing misidentified and uncatalogued specimens, resourcing of facilities, staffing and curatorial responsibilities, developing linkages between collections and diagnostic laboratories, and the role of the Australian Plant Pest Database.

Surge Capacity Working Group (SCWG)

The SCWG is responsible for determining how diagnostic capability and capacity can be effectively utilised across the NPBDN to deliver a surge capacity in the event of an emergency response.


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