Horticulture export accredited properties

New export legislation

On 28 March 2021, Australia's export legislation changed.

Further information on what this means for plant exports can be found at New plant export legislation.

Accredited properties are covered by chapter 3 of the Export Control Act 2020 and associated Export Control (Plants and Plant Products) Rules 2021 (plant rules). Accredited properties legislation formalises the arrangements for export listing, property registration and protocol accreditations that are specified in protocol market agreements.

Protocol markets are those with a specific agreement or understanding in place between that country and Australia regarding a specific product.

Accrediting properties for protocol markets

Australia’s horticulture industry operates in a highly competitive international market.

Importing countries are increasingly requiring assurance of the integrity of Australian exports. Meeting the expectations of our trading partners is key to continuing strong global demand for our products.

In response to this demand, we accredited properties for protocol markets to:

  • streamline and clarify export processes
  • protect our reputation as an exporter of high-quality agricultural products (primarily due to our high standards across all stages of the supply chain, from farm to consumer)
  • grow Australia’s market access by demonstrating the robust export assurance arrangements in place.

Property accreditation required

Properties, including farms and packhouses, will need to be accredited by the department, if the importing country requires the property to follow specific procedures or systems.

The circumstances where properties must be accredited under the Export Control Act 2020 and plant rules are set out in the Accredited Properties (Prescribed Plants and Plant Products) List.


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Accredited Properties (Prescribed Plant and Plant Product) List PDF  6 630 KB
Accredited Properties (Prescribed Plant and Plant Product) List DOCX  6 250 KB

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Managers of properties will need to apply to have their property accredited.

Clients should also be aware of terminology that may be used interchangeably in importing country requirements, the new legislation and departmental policies.

Previous / Protocol agreement Legislation / Policy
Registration Accredited property
Export approval Accredited property
Patch, orchard, etc. Block
Grower Farm
Owner/responsible party Manager
Approval Accreditation

Important information for property managers

As the manager of a horticulture export accredited property, there are some important things you must do and know. Further information is available on the management, requirements, performance standards, and audit of horticulture export accredited properties. This factsheet steps through common situations you may encounter and what you should do.


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Information for managers of accredited properties PDF  2 527 KB
Information for managers of accredited properties DOCX  2 39 KB

Protocol export requirements

Protocol requirements may include:​

  • pest and disease management requirements on farm
  • traceability, and packaging requirements
  • Treatment and inspection requirements

Exporters are responsible for checking the export regulatory requirements.

Before you export:

Management and audit of accredited properties

Find out more about management and audit of horticulture export accredited properties, and the performance standards, in the Plant Export Operations Manual.

Apply for accreditation

Industry Advice Notices will call for applications to be submitted through online industry systems or as manual application forms submitted to the department prior to annual export seasons commencing.

To receive notification when applications open for export to specific markets, register for Indust​ry Advice Notices.

Last reviewed: 27 March 2021
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