Nursery Production Farm Management System


Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA) is the national program for the adoption of best management practice for production nurseries and growing media manufacturers. 

All NIASA Accredited businesses operate in accordance with a set of national ‘best management practice’ guidelines. 

NIASA Accreditation is designed to enhance the status and recognition of production nurseries and growing media businesses through constant business improvement as well as striving for the highest levels of professionalism.


1998 - NIASA accreditation 

2008 - What is NIASA 

2011 - Greenlife market accreditation 


EcoHort™ is a method by which a grower can demonstrate to industry, government and the community their sound environmental and natural resource stewardship. Adopting the process of EcoHort™ will allow you to show that your business:

1. Has utilised a recognised system for assessing likely environmental and natural resource impacts, and 

2. Is managing these impacts in a responsible and sustainable manner. 

For businesses that have invested time and money into systems and technology that enhance environmental and natural resource outcomes, EcoHort offers a practical means of gaining recognition for these efforts.


2006 - EcoHort  


Biosecurity is not just dealing with quarantine pests; it is the protection of a plant production system from the introduction of insects, diseases, weeds and other biological organisms that may adversely impact upon the cropping system. 

BioSecure HACCP is the industry specific biosecurity program designed to assist growers in assessing their current and future pest, disease and weed risks, and guide businesses in the implementation of management strategies at critical control points.


2008 - BioSecure HACCP
2014 - BioSecure HACCP - A systems Approach            

State and Territory Regulations

The amount of intra and interstate border trade in live plants across Australia annually is valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars and is a vital component of the Australian economy. 

State and territory biosecurity agencies have the roll to enforce regulations by way of Plant Health Standards (PHS), such as the South Australian Plant Health Act 2009. As a grower, it is imperative that you adhere to state and territory regulations (e.g. interstate certification protocols and export protocols). 

As regulations vary between each jurisdiction, it is important to contact the relevant authority in the destination state prior to shipment of plants. Details of state and territory plant health services can be found below:

Department of Primary Industries. 
Plant Standards Branch 
Melbourne Markets Box 126, 542 Footscray Rd, 
West Melbourne VIC 3003 
Ph: 136 186; Fax: (03) 9687 6746 
Email: [email protected] 

Australian Capital Territory

Environment Protection and Heritage
Licensing & Compliance Unit
Level 2, Macarthur House.
12 Wattle St, Lyneham ACT 2602
Ph: (02) 6207 6376; Fax: (02) 6207 2316
Email: [email protected] 

New South Wales

NSW Department of Primary Industries
161 Kite St, Orange NSW 2800
Ph: (02) 6391 3100; Fax: (02) 6391 3206
Email: [email protected] 

Northern Territory

Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines 
Biosecurity & Product Integrity Division
Plant Market Access Unit (NT Quarantine)
GPO Box 3000, Darwin NT 0801
Ph: (08) 8999 2138; Fax: (08) 8999 2053
Email: [email protected] 


Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 
Biosecurity Queensland
GPO Box 46, Brisbane QLD 4001
Ph: (07) 3404 6999; Fax: (07) 3404 6900 
Email: [email protected] 

South Australia 

Primary Industries and Resources SA
Plant Health Operations
46 Prospect Rd, Prospect SA 5082
Ph: 1300 666 010; Fax: (08) 8344 6033
Email: [email protected] 


Department of Primary Industries and Water
Quarantine Centre
Macquarie wharf No 1, Hunter St, Hobart TAS 7000
Ph: (03) 6233 3352; Fax: (03) 6234 6785
Email: [email protected]

Western Australia

Department of Agriculture and Food.
Quarantine WA
Locked Bag 69 Welshpool DC, WA 6986
9 Fricker Rd, Perth International Airport WA 6105.
Ph: (08) 9334 1800; Fax: (08) 9334 1888.
Email: [email protected]