Subcommittee terms of reference

The terms of reference for  the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access are below.

Under the direction of the Plant Health Committee and in line with the guiding principles of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB) , the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access will:

  1. Ensure phytosanitary measures* are consistent with the principles and standards established under international** and national agreements on quarantine and market access and interstate principles for trade.
  2. Develop and review national policies, legislation and procedures leading to plant quarantine arrangements that facilitate interstate movement of plants and plant products.
  3. Facilitate the provision of consistent, high quality information for industry and community consultation including awareness on plant biosecurity measures.
  4. Contribute to the development and maintenance of international policies, procedures and standards.
  5. Contribute to the consideration of emergency plant pest incursions under the direction of the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests.
  6. Engage with Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostics and the Subcommittee on National Plant Health Surveillance on relevant issues.
  7. Provide advice to Plant Health Committee on developments and issues relating to plant biosecurity measures, including new and emerging threats, innovations and challenges.
  8. Make recommendations through Plant Health Committee to the National Biosecurity Committee and the Agriculture Senior Officials’ Committee on issues of national importance.
  9. Maintain an annual Work Plan reflecting the subcommittee’s terms of reference, and outlining key activities, financial implications, key deliverables, milestones and stakeholder engagement.
  10. Provide direction to SDQMA’s working groups (DCSWG and QDWG) on issues to be undertaken on behalf of the Subcommittee and included in their annual Work Plans.

*For the purposes of this document ‘plant biosecurity measures’ mean any legislation, regulation or procedure having the purpose to prevent the introduction and/or spread of plant quarantine pests, or to limit the economic impact of regulated non-quarantine plant pests.

**For the purposes of this document ‘international’ includes regional agreements such as Regional Standards on Phytosanitary Measures.