National Nursery Industry Biosecurity Program (NY15004)
What’s it all about?
The National Nursery Industry Biosecurity Program aims to ensure production nurseries in Australia are aware of and prepared for incursions of exotic plant pests, and that they have effective market access mechanisms in place to maintain business functionality.
Beginning in 2016, a key part of this investment is developing and maintaining industry on-farm biosecurity program BioSecure HACCP, to underpin national market access with electronic certification. BioSecure HACCP assists growers in assessing pest, disease and weed risks and supports the implementation of management strategies within businesses. It is one program under the Nursery Production Farm Management System (Nursery Production FMS), which is now an entirely nationally governed and administered system that also includes the EcoHort system and the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia, or NIASA, Best Management Practice program.
This investment also carries out broader biosecurity-related activities for the nursery industry, including meeting industry obligations under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD), and maintains the industry’s minor use permit program as needed.
Learn more about BioSecure HACCP and how you can become certified on the Nursery Production FMS website here. The website also hosts relevant biosecurity resources in its technical resource hub, while online training associated with the program is available via the industry’s eLearning Portal.
The project is continuing to deliver as planned across the project’s four key themes of on-farm biosecurity, biosecurity preparedness, biosecurity awareness and minor use permits. Key advances include…
- All state governments have now agreed to recognise BioSecure HACCP as a market access program. This includes assistance from governments to manage BioSecure HACCP and to address any legislative hurdles to its adoption. These agreements have cleared the way for national adoption of the scheme.
- Two state governments, Queensland and Victoria have worked with NGIA to plan and undertake an external audit of the BioSecure HACCP Scheme, with Biosecurity Victoria completing the audit with no instances of non-conformance found.
- At the same time, industry engagement is ongoing with a consistent cohort of growers keen to participate in the biosecurity program. Growers are committing to core BioSecure HACCP procedures including training staff in the various elements such as crop monitoring, site surveillance and consignment inspections.
- Training packages for each Entry Condition Compliance Procedure (ECCP) have been developed. The e-learning platform that hosts and facilitates the delivery of training is established and operational at nurseryproductionfms.com.au. A number of industry members have completed the required training for allowing the businesses to self-certify consignments for interstate market access.
- The team has secured contracts with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture to boost capacity for industry to implement various aspects of biosecurity preparedness. Initiatives include systems to record crop monitoring and surveillance, improving pest and disease content in the Pest ID Tool, an upcoming video and a seminar explaining the benefits of the system. The Northern Territory Government has agreed to a roll out of biosecurity workshops across Northern Australia to raise awareness of the scheme.
- BioSecure HACCP awareness material has been developed and distributed through various media channels including the industry blog, social media and Your Levy at Work website plus at the 2019 International Plant Propagators Society Conference.
- The team has been working with other horticulture sectors, including VineHealth Australia, Australian Banana Growers Council and the Australian Macadamia Society, to extend the program to include existing plant health certification programs into NIASA/BioSecure HACCP.
- The team has continued to meet obligations under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD), the agreement that swings into action in the event of a detection of a possible exotic pest incursion. As nurseries provide stock for other plant industries, NGIA is obliged to attend all meetings held under the agreement to decide appropriate activities to protect Australia. The team has also taken part in various working groups established by Plant Health Australia, custodians of the Deed, to improve aspects of the EPPRD on an ongoing basis, to ensure it works well for all stakeholders.
- The team has also supported other biosecurity projects, including Building the resilience and on-farm biosecurity capacity of the Australian production nursery industry (NY15002) and RD&E program for control, eradication and preparedness for vegetable leafminer (MT16004).
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Nursery Fund.