Reducing the risk of new pests impacting vineyards is a critical component of protecting our vineyard assets. Biosecurity is a shared responsibility of government, industry, and the community. Grape and wine producers have primary responsibility to manage biosecurity pests threats on their properties.
As the changing biosecurity landscape drives dramatic increases in risk pathways, so too does it increase likelihood that industry will face a serious pest incursion. A well-resourced, co-ordinated and nationally-agreed approach to future proofing the biosecurity system is critical to safeguarding the sustainability of our industry. Australian Grape & Wine commits to planning and improving industry capacity to respond in the event of an incursion and to raising awareness of surveillance and risk mitigation processes that can be practically implemented by grape and wine producers. Australian Grape & Wine will provide input and oversight into the implementation of grapevine health policy, protocols, practices and investment in the biosecurity system supporting the following principles:
- Strategic prioritisation of funds based on return on investment; taking an approach that recognises the benefits of prevention and eradication.
- Funding mechanisms whereby risk-creators contribute to the costs in equitable proportions to risk beneficiaries.
- Fair and equitable cost sharing arrangements between by State and Territory Governments, the Australian Government and industry groups.
- Collaboration with other industries and Government as signatory to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) and as members of Plant Health Australia.
- Commitment to the responsibilities outlined in the EPPRD.
- Investment by both the grape and wine industry and Government in biosecurity preparedness, awareness raising and improving capability and capacity to respond effectively to an incursion
- Promote and support the use of latest technology such as geospatial data.
- Improving adoption of farm-gate hygiene practices by vineyard owners.
- Effective regulatory safeguards at both national and state borders.
- Supporting biosecurity research, development and extension relevant to the grape and wine industry.
- Development of quality assurance schemes and National standards for planting material.
- Enhancing surveillance for exotic and significant endemics and developing capability to demonstrate area freedom status.
- Enhancing the ‘healthy vine’ messaging by cellar door and wine tourism staff with tourists.