Plant Property Identifier Pilot Project

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Five production nurseries will soon participate in a pilot program to test a potential National Property Identification Code (PIC) for plant industries to bring the sector into alignment with the animal production property identification system. A national plant industry PIC was first agreed to in 2018 by the Commonwealth and State Governments through the National Biosecurity Committee (NBC).

The aim of a PIC for plant industries is to ensure businesses are identifiable across regions for the purposes of responding to national and regional emergencies including bush fires, floods, biosecurity incursions, storms, cyclones and more allowing for targeted responses by government and stakeholders.

Since 2019 the plant industries, including state nursery industry associations and Greenlife Industry Australia, have been involved in various discussions, submissions and surveys addressing the topic, informing government of the critical elements required and likely impacts of such a PIC for plant industries, particularly production nurseries.

The nursery industry, state, and national bodies have agreed with the NBC and support the need to move towards a PIC system noting this is an ‘in principle’ support and open to withdrawal if the plant PIC process selected is significantly flawed or biased against nursery production.

The National Property Identification Code Working Group, operating under the NBC, has been investigating various options that might fit with a plant PIC system including the Global Location Number (GLN) operated by GS1.

Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) has been invited to sit on the national PIC pilot group and have been asked to seek nursery sector businesses interested in testing the pilot PIC system under the GLN and National Location Registry (NLR) within the project.

Due to the variability of cropping systems across nursery production, the large number of crops and the diverse supply chains nursery production requires several different businesses to test the PIC system under this pilot.

GIA has invited a number of businesses nurseries to participate in the pilot program, across three states (QLD, NSW & VIC) that represent seedlings, propagation, tree and shrub, landscape tree stock, house plants, greenlife market, fruit trees, potted and perennial colour.

A number of the businesses selected to participate in the pilot operate across two or more states which adds to the robust testing of the GLN and NLR for the sector.

It is expected the total duration of the pilot project will be around 36 weeks, however the volunteer businesses will not be expected to be involved throughout this entire period.

There will be a range of workshops held at the start of the project prior to the development of the test registry (NLR). Once the test NLR is complete, the volunteer businesses will be asked to enter data into the test NLR to assist the development of the final recommendations to NBC.

Greenlife Industry Australia’s representation to the Plant Property Identifier Pilot Project (PPIPP) is managed under the levy-funded project ‘National biosecurity and sustainable plant production program’ (NY20001)

The ‘National biosecurity and sustainable plant production program’ (NY20001) project is funded by Hort Innovation using nursery research and development levy and funds from the Australian Government.