Hon Judi Moylan

Vegetable industry in Pearce to be given New Code of Conduct

The Australian Government is taking its first step to implement its election commitment of a code of conduct on trading relationships at wholesale fruit and vegetable markets, Member for Pearce Judi Moylan announced in January. The Australian Government formally notified industry associations and key stakeholders across Australia of the proposed mandatory horticulture code of conduct, this month. The code is being established under the provisions of the Trade Practices Act and will deliver significant improvements in market performance by building on the commercial relationships at Australia’s wholesale markets. Ms Moylan said Pearce residents and those across the country would find advantages from the new system. “The Government’s commitment to a mandatory code will help improve the day-to-day business relationships between fruit and vegetable growers and buyers,” Ms Moylan said. There are seven steps to the implementation of the code as follows: 1. Early notification to key stakeholders 2. Draft regulations impact statement 3. Comprehensive consultation 4. Final regulation impact statement 5. Making regulations 6. Notification of when code comes into effect 7. Review Ms Moylan said the horticulture industry would be closely involved in the development and implementation stages of the mandatory code.

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