Programme 1.5: Horticulture industry
This programme’s objective in 2014–15 was to:
- foster and enable productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable Australian horticulture industries.
We work with the horticulture industry to support the development of internationally competitive supply chains and to remove barriers to international market access for Australian horticultural exports. We also provide 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 indicator||2014–15 target||Performance|
|2014–15 ||2013–14 ||2012–13|
|Effective policies, programmes and regulations that contribute to enhanced productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability||Accurate and timely advice provided||Met||Met||Met|
Engage with domestic and international stakeholders on horticulture issues
All levy funds paid to Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL)
|Timely and effective engagement with HAL to ensure compliance with the statutory funding agreement and relevant legislation and to discuss industry activities||2 meetings||Met||Met||Met|
Underpinning research, advice, forecast, projects, products and data services meet stakeholder expectations and are delivered within agreed timelines
a From November 2014, levies were paid to Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited. b Client satisfaction as measured by an annual survey of ABARES clients.
Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce
In May 2014, the government established the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce to develop a unified plan to promote competitiveness, investment and jobs growth in these sectors. The department provided secretariat support.
The government released the taskforce’s report, A growth plan for the Tasmanian fruit and vegetable industries, in October 2014. The taskforce made eight recommendations with the main focus on growing sales of Tasmanian fruit and vegetables to domestic and export destinations. We are coordinating the drafting of the government’s response to the report.
Establishing Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited
In November 2014, Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA Limited) was declared as the new industry services and export control body for horticulture, replacing Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL). The establishment of HIA Limited as a levy payer-owned company followed an independent performance review of HAL, which found significant issues about HAL’s governance and performance. HAL’s members voted to support the transition to a grower-owned research and development corporation.
The department entered into a statutory funding agreement with HIA Limited for 2014–18. The agreement is part of a consistent framework for the government’s relationship with all statutory and industry-owned research and development corporations. We assisted in the transition and worked with the company to help it meet its statutory and contractual obligations.
Changing industry levies
We implemented changes to statutory levies for mangoes, mushrooms and onions, which commenced on 1 July 2014.
The levies are used for research and development to improve industry productivity and competitiveness, industry marketing initiatives and biosecurity preparedness and response.
Senate inquiry into beekeeping
In July 2014, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee tabled the report from its inquiry The future of the beekeeping and pollination service industries in Australia. The report makes recommendations on continuing to manage biosecurity risks and improving data and information about the industries.
We coordinated the Australian Government response to the report, which was tabled in March 2015.
In March 2015, we organised a horticulture industry forum hosted by the minister. Peak industry bodies and government representatives shared information and developed a common understanding of issues and opportunities faced by the horticulture industry.
We also led the Australian delegation to two key meetings of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). We contributed to ongoing reforms that will enable the OIV to better represent new and
old-world wine producing nations.
Australian Grape and Wine Authority
The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) commenced operations on 1 July 2014 following the merger of Wine Australia Corporation and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation.
We worked with AGWA to support its establishment and help meet its legislative obligations.. We also negotiated AGWA’s first statutory funding agreement for 2015–2019, in line with the framework for the government’s relationship with research and development corporations.
Regulating horticulture industry exports
In negotiations on the statutory funding agreement for HIA Limited, it was agreed the company would not continue to perform the horticulture industry export control function enabled by the Horticulture Marketing and Research and Development Services Act 2000. From 1 November 2014, the export control function defaulted to the secretary of the department.
We commenced work to prepare to administer the export control function, including working with HIA Limited to transfer assets and liabilities relevant to the function.