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Advocacy and Policy

Growcom’s Advocacy and Policy unit (APU) strives to keep Queensland growers profitable and Queensland fruit, vegetables and nuts on the table.

Strategies

To achieve our goals we aim to:

  • be recognised as the leading voice for Queensland horticulture across all commodities and regions.
  • work with our members to develop policy positions and deliver outcomes that enhance industry sustainability and profitability.
  • develop networks and build relationships across Australia that enable us to facilitate positive solutions for industry.

The Advocacy and Policy unit has:

  • developed and distributed highly influential pre-election documents for both the State and Federal elections.
  • scrutinised the first review of the Horticulture Award 2010 by Fair Work Australia and of the rollout of the new Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and associated regulations
  • successfully lobbied against new requirements for mandatory re-registration of agricultural chemicals. The legislation is now under review with the intent to remove this requirement
  • successfully argued for the reintroduction of Damage Mitigation Permits for flying fox control after years of  lobbying state government
  • successfully argued for a 10 per cent reduction in regulated electricity tariffs
  • played a key role in obtaining elevated levels of financial assistance for growers following ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald
  • provided evidence to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission of abuses of market power by the supermarkets
  • analysed the impacts of the carbon price on fruit and vegetable growers in a project funded by Horticulture Australia Limited
  • criticised Federal DAFF Biosecurity’s poor risk management decisions involved in Import Risk Assessments (via Senate Inquiries).

Contact us:

To contact the Growcom Advocacy and Policy unit please call 07 3620 3844 or email your query to industryaction@growcom.com.au