Nursery and Garden Industry Australia launches The Australian Nursery and Garden Industry's Policy Position on Quarantine and Biosecurity

Nursery and Garden Industry Australia launched The Australian Nursery and Garden Industry's Policy Position on Quarantine and Biosecurity at its National Conference on Thursday 15 March 2012. The Policy Position paves the way for industry to ensure biosecurity responsibilities are shared equally between governments, industry and the community as part of the biosecurity continuum.

The Policy Position supports the industry’s commitment to effectively reducing the potential for incursions of exotic plant pests (EPPs) that could adversely impact domestic and international trade, regional and national economies and the Australian environment. The industry is also committed to ensuring responses to any EPP incursions are undertaken as efficiently and effectively as possible to minimise the cost to growers, the industry, other plant industries, government and the wider community.

 Responding to the challenges currently facing the industry, the Policy Position sets out six key strategies:

  1.  Leadership in policy development and investment in the area of quarantine and biosecurity – this recognises the impacts of policy decisions and investment on businesses and their customers.
  2.  Harmonised delivery of quarantine and biosecurity arrangements – establish a National Pest Risk Assessment Framework which delivers a world class biosecurity and quarantine system to whole of industry.
  3. Investment in on-farm support to address quarantine and biosecurity – the realignment of investment and a commitment by governments to support on-farm practices, innovation and incentives to adapt, manage and respond to biosecurity and quarantine.
  4. Recognition of established industry best management practice – this recognises and supports the Nursery Production Farm Management System (NPFMS) as a third market access instrument for the industry and investment in research, development and extension activities.
  5. Implementation of a national greenlife producer communication and information scheme – this is designed to secure the reputation of the Australian NGI through knowledge based decision making.
  6. Build greater stakeholder engagement and involvement to deliver a national communication network – this will assist in building industry confidence.

 A copy of the Policy Position can be downloaded from here.