WHAT THE SUBCOMMITTEE DOES

The Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access ensures that the development of domestic market access conditions for plants and plant products in Australia are:

  • technically justified to minimise regulatory burdens on industry
  • coordinated and harmonised (aligned and compatible), where possible, across the country and regions, and
  • consistent with Australia’s international import and export market access conditions and policies.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE SUBCOMMITTEE

Members of Australia’s plant industries are welcome to engage the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access. Members can do this either as individuals or as a group.

There is no charge to industry for engaging the subcommittee.

The information you need to engage the subcommittee is contained in the indented links on the left side of this page.

LATEST NEWS

SDQMA 45

SDQMA held a meeting in Melbourne (8-9 October 2015). To view the communiqué from this  meeting please click here.

SDQMA 44

SDQMA held a meeting in Perth (29-30 April 2015). To view the communiqué from this meeting please click here.

SDQMA 43

SDQMA held a face-to-face meeting in Canberra (October 2014). To view the communiqué from this meeting please click here.

SDQMA 42

SDQMA held a face-to-face meeting in April-May 2014. To view the communiqué from this meeting please click here.

Administrative Matters

To align with the other Sub-committees under Plant Health Committee, the Domestic Quarantine and Market Access Working Group (DQMAWG) has been re-titled the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA).

SDQMA recently held a face-to-face meeting in Darwin (October 2013). For more information please click here to view the SDQMA 41 Communique.

Tomato and Capsicum System for the Bowen and Gumlu District

Growers in Bowen and Gumlu now have access to a new Operational Procedure (OP)under the Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) Scheme (ICA-48). This utilises a systems approach of pre-harvest treatment and post-harvest inspection, with the OP limited to the geographical location in which the efficacy data was gathered.

ICA-17

Amendments to the ICA for Splitting Consignments and Re-consigning Original Consignments of Certified Produce (ICA-17) have been endorsed. These changes include:

• A requirement for all persons altering certification to be accredited to do so.
• A requirement for all wholesalers and merchants to verify all plant quarantine entry conditions have been met prior to re-consigning a whole or part consignment to a new destination; and
• The verification of certificate accuracy prior to splitting or re-consigning a consignment.

PCN Legislation

Effective 1 November 2013, all states and territories (except WA) enacted uniform legislation for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) in line with the Risk Based Regulatory Reform Model for PCN.