Horticulture Export Industry Consultative Committee (HEICC)

The role and purpose of the Horticulture Exports Industry Consultative Committee (the committee) is to provide a forum for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to consult with the industries involved in the export of horticulture products. Within the framework of government policies and legislation delivered by the department that relate to the export inspection and certification, the committee is the primary consultation body to:

  • discuss export inspection and certification issues affecting industry and propose solutions to address these issues
  • discuss relevant market access issues
  • discuss the performance of the department’s programs
  • communicate outcomes of the committee’s work to relevant export industries
  • explore, identify and promote opportunities to improve the efficient and effective administration, provision and consumption of the department cost recoverable regulatory activities and services.

The committee acts in a consultative rather than in an advisory capacity and is not a regulatory approval or decision-making body. The committee will consider:

  • strategic directions for the department's Horticulture Exports Program ensuring Australia meets its obligations to the International Plant Protection Convention
  • significant proposed changes to policy and operational procedures
  • program budgets, cost recovery mechanisms and charging levels
  • key program performance issues such as efficiency and effectiveness indicators

but will not consider:

  • individual commercial concerns of committee members
  • basic operational issues
  • authorisation of expenditure or commitment of funds.


Membership of the committee includes representatives of commodity sectors regulated by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Horticulture Exports Program. While membership is expected to change as industry itself changes, it currently includes:


The committee meets a minimum of three (3) times a year. Additional face to face meetings or teleconferences may be held if urgent issues arise

Meeting summaries:


For further information regarding the committee, refer to the Terms of Reference and Administrative Guidelines or email Horticulture Exports


Document Pages File size
Terms of Reference DOCX  7 127 KB
Terms of Reference PDF  7 206 KB
Administrative Guidelines DOCX  7 148 KB
Administrative Guidelines PDF  7 192 KB
Criteria for Nomination of Members DOCX  2 100 KB
Criteria for Nomination of Members PDF  2 96 KB

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Last reviewed: 13 April 2021
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