A glimpse at what GIA is achieving and why we need your support
To maximise the representative value of Greenlife Industry Australia we need business and industry membership to provide support, guidance and advice to our activities.
During the October 2019 strategy workshop, it was identified the industry wanted a well-funded and resourced national representative body, that is where you come in!
Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) was established to support and promote the industry by likeminded industry people who have a passion for furthering our great industry.
Membership is critical to GIA’s ability to pursue its mission of being dedicated to the advancement and promotion of our industry and businesses.
Through focussed leadership, collaboration, advocacy, education, innovation and market development, GIA is putting Member Businesses, Association Members and the greenlife industry in the forefront, nationally.
What do we aim to achieve through Advocacy?
GIA’s advocacy at a national level is to influence policy and programs to benefit the greenlife sector. This will be through addressing issues and leveraging opportunities for the furtherance of members and the industry.
In 2020, GIA lobbied the Federal Government to keep greenlife businesses on the ‘essential services’ list during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This meant our industry businesses stayed open and able to trade nationally throughout COVID restrictions when other businesses and industries were forced to close.
To promote the benefits of the greenlife industry.
During 2020, Plants Pals was established as the national retail nursery marketing campaign, keeping greenlife at the forefront of consumers’ minds and encouraging the purchase of greenlife through the pandemic period, supporting independent garden centres.
This means more consumers were out in their gardens and buying products from our industry businesses
What do we aim to achieve through Sustainability activities?
To manage production, environmental and economic risks to ensure industry sustainability.
This will be achieved through collaboration and innovation with the best example being the plant packaging recycling (PoPPr) program being progressed by GIA, APCO and all of industry to scope, design and implement a system.
Greenlife Industry Australia has partnered with Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) to establish the PoPPr Program, receiving $546,000 to establish a national recovery program for Polypropylene Plant Packaging, including plant pots, trays, tags and stakes.
This will enable Australians to return their plant packaging for recycling into new plant packaging and close the loop on horticultural Polypropylene.
What do we aim to achieve through Insurance options for industry?
Working with industry and other interested parties to develop an industry insurance program for those hard to insure items such as greenhouses / glasshouses, stock on ground, catastrophic events such as hail, fire and flood to be encapsulated in one affordable policy.
This means being able to insure all of your business
What do we aim to achieve through the Careers initiatives?
To develop industry skills and career opportunities to maintain a viable workforce for the industry.
Building on the activities of the careers project, the promotion of industry careers will be through a soon to be launched careers hub. We are also working with industry representatives and stakeholders to develop a national induction program focussing on key learning areas required for a newcomer to the industry.
How will we do all this? and Why do we need your help?
Through membership to your national association GIA is enabled to have:
the full weight of the industry behind us with numbers
the funds to be able to represent you interests and launch programs beneficial to industry.
Supporting your peak national body to helps us continue our work for you, only with your support can we achieve great things
National and State NGI’s collaboration
GIA works at a national level with issues and programs that affect the industry nationally and, we need your support through Membership
Your State NGI Associations’ work on a state level for issues and programs that directly affect your state and also need your support through Membership
Together, both National and State organisations advocate on your behalf to ensure the best possible outcomes and benefits for the industry.
All State NGI Associations are members of GIA and this is another avenue for you to support and contribute to the operation of GIA.
Support your industry – become a member today
Join Now till the end of 2022 financial year and start utilising your member benefits
Remember, your membership dues are a tax-deductible business expense for both business and individual membership.