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.
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