​Media Release

Underpinning flower industry leadership

27 November 2017

Australia's flower and foliage industry is set to bloom, receiving a grant under the Coalition Government's $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.

​The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said a national consortium led by Flower Association of Queensland Inc would receive $171,963 in funding to support the development of industry leaders into the future.

"The Coalition Government is investing in the next generation of leaders in the flower industry to help drive future growth," Minister Ruston said.

"Cut flower production was worth around $317 million in 2015–16 and this funding will help develop and expand leadership capacity and expertise in the industry, taking it a cut above the rest.

"It will also help grow links and strengthen the relationship between the consortium members—the Australian Flower Council, the Flower Growers Group of New South Wales Inc, Flowers Victoria and Wildflowers Australia Ltd.

"This is an important opportunity to take the industry forward, bringing the Australian cut flower and foliage industry together to champion their overall priorities.

"The grant will fund a leadership training package for consortium board members covering governance, financial management, strategy development and risk management.

"There will be a national leadership event for next generation leaders and follow-up mentoring, along with online information tools including a dedicated leadership webpage to improve industry communication nationally.

"This is an important investment in the future of the industry and will help the sector get its voice heard by governments and policy makers."

Fast Facts

  • The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund was announced as part of the Coalition Government's 2016 election policy for a Stronger Agricultural Sector.
  • It aims to support efforts to develop leadership capacity within the agricultural industries to enhance the ability of emerging agricultural leaders to advocate agricultural commodity priorities and drive trade opportunities.
  • Funding supports projects with a wide representation across the sector, from large and well-established industries to smaller and emerging industries.