Horticulture Code of Conduct - Australian Government


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 sections of 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
  • purchasers of horticulture produce who sell directly to consumers.

The code introduces FreshSpecs, the default product specification to identify general appearance criteria, major defects, minor defects, and consignment criteria.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes - Horticulture) Regulations 2017 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Infrastructure Regulation Division

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