NGIA and the EPPRD

The Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) is a formal, legally binding agreement between Plant Health Australia (PHA), the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and plant industry signatories, covering the management and funding of responses to Emergency Plant Pest (EPP) Incidents.

NGIA is a signatory to the Deed, ensuring nursery industry representation.

The development and implementation of the EPPRD has key drivers, including:
  • A shared role in EPP response decision making between government and industry.
  • Shared costs for an EPP eradication, based on the public versus private benefits.
  • A nationally consistent and agreed approach to incursion management across Australia.
  • Potential liabilities surrounding EPP eradication are agreed in advance.
  • A requirement that all funding Parties remain engaged in Cost Sharing until the EPP eradication response is completed or no longer feasible.
  • Provision for reimbursement to growers for direct costs incurred during an approved eradication response.
  • Requirement for trained and accredited personnel to work on a response.
  • All jurisdictions define a base level of resources for managing an EPP response.
  • Commitment of signatories to implement risk mitigation activities.
  • Provision of accountability and transparency to all parties.
Signatories to the EPPRD are committed to implement risk mitigation activities and promote reporting of suspected EPPs. However, in relation to plant pest responses, the EPPRD operates only for the eradication
of pests meeting the EPP criteria. An EEP is a plant pest that has a nationally significant impact, either economic or environmental and must also be one of the following:

  • A known exotic plant pest.
  • A variant form of a plant pest already established in Australia
  • A previously known pest.
  • An officially controlled pest.

Underpinning the EPPRD is PLANTPLAN, the agreed technical response plan for an emergency plant pest incident. It provides nationally consistent guidelines for response procedures, outlining the phases of an incursion, as well as the key roles and responsibilities of industry and government during each of the phases.

In the case of a required response, the decisions are make by three groups, being the National Management Group; Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests; and the Categorisation Group.

NGIA has representation in two of these groups with Peter Vaughan, NGIA CEO a member of hte National Management Group and John McDonald, National Biosecurity Manager a member of the Consultative Committee for EPP.

Click here for the complete Fact Sheet on the Deed or visit the Plant Health Australia website www.planthealthaustralia.com.au.