Horticulture Code of Conduct - Australian Government

Description

You will be required to comply with this code if you intend to sell horticulture produce as an agent on behalf of a grower or as a merchant, or if you intend to grow horticultural produce. The Code aims to improve the clarity and transparency of trading arrangements between growers and traders in the horticulture sector.

The Code:
  • requires growers and traders to have a contract called a horticulture produce agreement (HPA)
  • obliges all parties to deal in good faith
  • obliges merchants to explain how price will be calculated
  • includes penalties for breaching certain section sof the Code
  • requires growers and traders to keep certain records.
The Code does not apply to:

  • Nursery products (trees, plants, seeds and flowers)
  • Retailers
  • Exporters
  • Processors.

The Code also does not apply to purchasers of horticulture produce who well directly to consumers.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 AG

Additional information

The Code introduces FreshSpecs as default product specification to general appearance criteria; major defects; minor defects; and consignment criteria.

Administering agency

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Enforcement and Compliance Executive

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Horticulture Mediation Advisor

Enforcement and Compliance Executive

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Toll Free: 1800 475 467
Email: adviser@horticulturecode.com.au