National Biosecurity Strategy for the Cut Flower and Foliage Industry

Current Overview & Objectives

Globalisation has increased the trade of goods and movement of people across the world. As well as opening up new opportunities, it has increased our exposure to the spread of pest and diseases. A strategy is needed for the cut flower and foliage industry to minimise the risks and align the industry to Australia’s biosecurity goals.

This project will develop a new resource, the National biosecurity strategy for the cut flower and foliage industry, which will guide the industry on critical biosecurity issues over the next five years. Also known as an industry biosecurity plan (IBP), the document will include information on the aims, objectives and scope of the strategy, and the nature of biosecurity risks as relevant to the industry. It will also outline critical issues associated with biosecurity for the industry, and procedures to assist with on-going biosecurity management for the industry into the future.


The project to develop the IBP is an initiative of the Australian Flower Council (AFC) and is being managed by the Flower Association of Queensland Inc. (FAQI). The development process will reflect considerable collaboration between FAQI, Flowers Victoria and the NSW Flower Growers Group. The strategy will provide a solid foundation on which the industry can work together to build a world-class biosecurity system for the cut flower and foliage industry in Australia.

FAQI will lead the development of the strategy, with collaboration with relevant industry partners and stakeholders. The method for the project will involve desktop research into biosecurity issues as related to the flower industry. Industry surveys will be conducted to identify relevant issues and assess risks associated with biosecurity in the flower industry. A draft strategy will be developed and disseminated for comment and review by the AFC and other industry representatives. The draft will also be distributed to the wider community for comment and discussion, in order to ensure that it accurately reflects the needs of the industry.

After incorporation of comments and finalisation of the document, the National biosecurity strategy for the cut flower and foliage industry will be launched and distributed. It will be made available freely to the wider community and will be accessible on relevant industry and government websites.

Expected Outcomes

The primary outcome of the project will be the development of a document that reflects general biosecurity in Australia as related to the cut flower and foliage industry, by helping to:

– prevent exotic pests and diseases from entering, spreading or becoming established in Australia

– ensure significant pests and diseases already in Australia are contained, suppressed or managed.

– contribute to the maintenance of Australia’s favourable national and international reputation for freedom from many pests and diseases, market access for agricultural commodities, product safety and integrity, and diverse ecosystem sustainability.

Media & Communications

Related Information

Variety list for investigation by Plant Health Australia for the Industry Biosecurity Plan.

1 Rosaceae Rosa Roses
2 Myrtaceae Chamelaucium Wax Flower
3 Gentianaceae Eustoma (Lisianthus is the  old scientific name) Lisianthus
4 Alstroemeriaceae Alstroemeria Peruvian Lily
5 Caryophyllaceae Gypsophila Baby’s Breath
6 Asteraceae Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemums
7 Orchidaceae Phelanopsis Moth Orchids
8 Liliaceae Lilium Lilies
9 Carophyllaceae Dianthus Carnations
10 Asteraceae Gerbera Gerbera

Links & Logos

Australian Flower Council

Copy (2) of New FAQI logo Flowers Victoria   PHA_stacked_colour_hi res   AFI_CMYK_Red


FAQI invites all active members of the Australian cut flower and foliage industry to participate in the project through their state association.  If you would like to offer your thoughts on biosecurity or the outcomes of the Industry Biosecurity Group, you can register your interest via the project leader, Denyse Corner.

Telephone: 07 3821 3350

Project Officer:  Janelle Dahler