Programme 1.5 Horticulture industry

​Programme objective

  • foster and enable productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable horticulture and wine industries.

Programme description

We worked with the horticulture industry to support the development of internationally competitive supply chains, removing barriers to international market access for Australian horticultural exports. We also provided assistance in market development to increase consumption of horticulture products and support research and development to encourage industry innovation.

More information is available on the department's website.

Key performance indicators

Table 6 Programme 1.5—Horticulture industry—key performance indicators
Key performance indicator2013–14 targetPerformance
2013–142012–132011–12
Effective policies, programmes and regulations that contribute to enhanced productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainabilityAccurate and timely advice providedMetMet-
Engage with domestic and international stakeholders on horticulture and wine issues5 meetingsMetMet-
All levy funds paid to Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) and Wine Australia Corporation100%MetMetMet
Timely and effective engagement with HAL, GWRDC and Wine Australia to ensure compliance with the Statutory Funding Agreement and relevant legislation and to discuss industry activities2 meetingsMetMetMet
Integrated scientific and economic research–underpinning research, advice, forecast, projects, products and data services meet stakeholder expectations and are delivered within agreed timelines and in line with international research standards85%MetMet-

Achievements

Supporting a competitive horticultural industry

Senate inquiry into the citrus industry

In 2013, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee conducted its inquiry 'Review of the citrus industry in Australia'. The department made a detailed submission to the committee and appeared before the inquiry. The committee tabled its report in December 2013.

The report makes recommendations to give all producers a meaningful say in the industry, reforming the operations of Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), finding new market access opportunities and continuing to manage the risk of pests, including fruit fly. We coordinated the preparation of the Government response to the report.

Senate inquiry into the beekeeping and pollination service industries

In 2014, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee conducted its inquiry 'The future of the beekeeping and pollination service industries in Australia'. The department made a detailed submission to the committee and appeared before the inquiry.

Establishing the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce

The Australian Government established the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce to develop an industry-led growth plan for the Tasmanian fruit and vegetable sectors. Taskforce members were appointed in March 2014 and we provided secretariat support.

Supporting the grape and wine industry

Establishing the Australian Grape and Wine Authority

In 2013-14, the Parliament passed legislation implementing an industry proposal to replace the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) and the Wine Australia Corporation with a single authority. We coordinated the establishment of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, to take effect from 1 July 2014, and facilitated the transition of operations from the GWRDC and Wine Australia. We also worked closely with industry to ensure a smooth transition to the new authority.

Wine industry support package

We monitored the implementation of a wine industry support package of $2.865 million over two years, provided in the 2012-13 Budget. The package included $425 000 to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, to continue quarterly and annual wine surveys, $34 000 to ABARES to conduct a benchmarking survey of the wine grape growing industry and $2.1 million to Wine Australia for new marketing activities.

Trade and market access

We continued to be active in addressing trade and market access issues, leading the Australian delegation to the fourth meeting of the Australia-European Community Agreement on Trade in Wine Joint Management Committee in March 2014. Matters discussed included the use of common English words under European Union (EU) regulations and new wine-making practices using potassium bicarbonate.

Discussions continued over the EU interpretation of derogations in the wine agreement and the protection of geographical indications. The committee continues to discuss rules that prevent Australian companies from exporting still wine in bulk to the European Union and transforming it into sparkling wine, despite the fact that EU producers may do so.

We also led the Australian delegation to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), attending three meetings in 2013-14. Australia continued to pursue a reform agenda including developing a new five-year plan. Our delegation also gained support for a proposal to change the approach of the OIV's work, to reduce reliance on resolutions and to increase its research and advisory role.

Challenges

Horticulture Australia Limited

We continued to work with Horticulture Australia Limited on measures to strengthen its governance processes for managing and spending industry and government funds.

In July 2013, HAL announced an independent review of its operations, as part of the performance review required by its statutory funding agreement. ACIL Allen consulted extensively with industry in performing the review.

HAL received the report in May 2014. The HAL board and members agreed to the recommendation to move from its peak industry structure to become a grower-owned research and development corporation. The department will work with HAL in 2014-15 to assist it to achieve a smooth transition to the new corporation.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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