Media Release

​Last chance to have your say on Horticulture Code of Conduct​

11 September 2015

Interested stakeholders only have until 18 September to put forward their views on how the mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct could be improved.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the current review of the code was the perfect opportunity for producers and interested stakeholders to voice their concerns and ideas on a range of issues affecting the trade in Australian horticulture produce.

“Australia’s horticulture industry is big business—it had an estimated value of $8.7 billion in 2014–15,” Minister Joyce said.

“We know that people across the supply chain do have concerns about the code, as well as ideas on how to improve it—and given it is now nine years old, it is a good opportunity to refresh it.

“Part of the government's commitment to improving the competitive environment for all industries is reviewing the rules and regulations that affect them—this review is a big part of that commitment.

“I urge any interested stakeholders to get involved and make a submission—you’ve got until 18 September to make your voice heard.”

Once stakeholder feedback has been received, the independent reviewers, Mr Alan Wein and Mr Mark Napper, will provide a report and make recommendations for the Australian Government to consider. 

In June, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, initiated the review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct, which regulates trade in horticultural produce between Australia's fresh fruit and vegetables growers and traders. 

For more information about the Horticulture Code of Conduct and the review, including how to make a submission, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/horticulturecodereview​.