The Post-Entry Plant Industry Consultative Committee (PEPICC) was established in 1997 to strengthen the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources partnership and communication links with industry and to emphasise the community responsibilities to maximise 'safe' introductions of plant material.
The PEPICC is the principal advisory forum for the department to consult on relevant quarantine issues with the plant importing industries including state and privately operated quarantine facilities, botanic gardens, nurseries, and floriculture.
Within the framework of the Government’s policies relating to quarantine inspection functions delivered by the department and its authorised agents, the PEPICC:
- considers operational, policy and strategic issues relevant to plant imports;
- considers post-entry quarantine program budgets, cost recovery mechanisms and charging levels;
- acts as a forum for information exchange between the plant importing industries and the department and
- provides advice to the department on relevant matters in the plant importing industries.
The department's prioritisation of industry requests
Due to the large number of requests for assessment, the department has developed a work prioritisation system to set priorities for projects requested by industry. The process will allow the department to progress requests according to industry priorities and will also inform stakeholders of relevant assessments being undertaken by the department .
Industry requests that should be assessed via the prioritisation process include applications for alternative import conditions, recognition of high-health sources of plant materials, as well as requests for development and review of import protocols. Any queries on the application and prioritisation process can be sent to the PEPICC secretariat.
Applications for prioritisation will be provided to members for a 60 day comment period. The priority of industry requests will then be assessed by the department.
Industry requests intended for the department assessment using the prioritisation system should be submitted to the PEPICC secretariat using the application form attached to this web page.
Membership is open to all interested industry members, current Membership (as at 12 June 2013)
Almond Board of Australia
Australian Nurserymen's Fruit Improvement Company
Australian Flower Council
Australian Orchid Council
Australian Pome Fruit Improvement Program
Australian Seed Federation
Australian Winter Cereals Collection
Botanical Gardens of Adelaide
Citrus Australia Limited
Fleming’s Lynch Group
Nursery and Garden Industry Australia
Perfection Fresh Australia
Plant Health Australia
Scholefield Robinson Horticultural Services
South Australian Research and Development Institute
Sun World Australasia
Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food
The Committee meets twice per year, rotating between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Adelaide.
For further information about the PEPICC email the Secretariat or fax 02 6272 3745.