The Attorney Generals Department in Canberra recently released a voluntary National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern. NGIA have been engaged with the development of the code to ensure it didn’t create unnecessary hurdles or excessive red tape for industry.
The voluntary code provides guidance to sectors who work with one or more of the 11 high-risk chemicals that could be used to make homemade bombs. The code is based off ‘good business practice’ that prevents the loss and theft of chemicals and encourages organisations to consider and examine their own risks from a national security perspective.
The voluntary code is not about making it harder for users to access chemicals, but rather, about users keeping an eye out for anything suspicious and reporting it to the National Security Hotline – 1800 123 400. The voluntary code is designed with the 11 high-risk chemicals in mind; however it may be extended in the future. To download a copy of the voluntary code, visit the Chemicals of Security Concern website HERE.
The Australian nursery industry is proud to announce the next phase of its levy funded marketing campaign – the 202020 Vision! The message behind this incredible new initiative is simple – 20% more green space in urban areas by 2020. It builds onto the successful Improve your Plant/Life Balance campaign in order to bring together Australia’s leading green space projects and advocates. Planning is underway to launch the campaign in September 2013. As this stage we are looking to inform people about the campaign and involve as many people to ensure its success. The more people who get involved, the better it gets!
The Australian nursery industry was recently appointed to the Horticulture Exports Industry Consultative Committee by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). The Committee is the principal forum for DAFF to consult with horticultural industries on export inspection and certification, and other relevant issues.
Dr Anthony Kachenko will represent the Australian nursery industry on the Committee ensuring industrys’ views are given due consideration. The DAFF Horticulture Exports Program only introduces major policy or operational changes after the Committee has been consulted. Final responsibility for decision–making on all phytosanitary matters rests with DAFF, which has statutory responsibilities under the Export Control Act 1982 and its subordinate legislation.
The Australian nursery industry has been engaged with DAFF on export issues for a number of years during the removal of the 40% subsidy from the export program as it transitioned to a full cost recovery model. This resulted in higher fees and charges and an introduction to Authorised Officers. Details of this can be viewed on the NGIA website.
Industry will work with DAFF to explore opportunities to enhance the opportunities for export growth. If you would like to raise an issue regarding export inspection and certification or keep informed on export related matters, please notify Dr Kachenko by email or phone 02 8861 5106.
For more information visit HEICC website.
The breakfast sessions will be hed in Sydney on Wednesday 11th September 2013 and in Melbourne on Wednesday 18th September 2013.
For more information or to register for the event please go to the GS1 link here.
GS1 Australia is a not-for-profit organisation, which as many of you know manages locally the international system of barcodes and information. The GS1 system is the most widely used supply chain standard and identification system in the world, and has been in operation for 40 years. Beyond the face value of barcodes, the GS1 system has incredible benefits through creating efficiencies across the entire supply chain.
For more information about GS1 please go to their website gs1au.org
Researchers from the School of Education at Deakin University, Melbourne are looking for a horticultural and/or landscaping professional who would be interested in working on a project called Greening Childcare Spaces. This is a trial project, exploring the benefits of ‘greening’ a small outdoor play space for babies and toddlers, within a childcare centre in the Springvale area, run by Mission Australia. The consultation and ‘greening’ parts of the project are planned for August and September, and a small amount of funding is available as part of the project, for horticultural and landscaping materials and work. It is based on research showing the importance for young children of having contact with the natural world, and the benefits for children of having access to green environments.
This project will be led by a postgraduate student with support from the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) through the Nursery Industry Research Linkage Program. This program has been established by industry to encourage research in key areas including urban horticulture, biosecurity, plant production and plant physiology in line with the Nursery Industry Strategic Investment Plan 2012-2016. Students involved in this program are encouraged to interact with the nursery industry for the duration of the project and are expected to provide the NGIA with a written report and/or presentation of results at the conclusion of their research. This is a great opportunity for students interested in working with an exciting and forward thinking industry.
The School of Education at Deakin University are planning a larger follow-up project in 2014, with the ultimate goal of developing specialist expertise in greening childcare spaces for both early childhood and horticultural and landscaping professionals.
If you are someone who can work in collaboration with others, and are interested in working in a new area and developing expertise in working in childcare spaces, please contact Dr Anne-Marie Morrissey, School of Education, Deakin University on 03 98900793 or email email@example.com