Subcommittee terms of reference
The objective and terms of reference for the Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (SDQMA) are below.
The overarching principle of this subcommittee’s activity is to ensure that phytosanitary measures are consistent within the principles and standards established under international and national agreements while adhering to the nine interstate principles for trade.
Terms of reference
Under the direction of Plant Health Committee, SDQMA achieves this objective by:
- Facilitating interstate trade, movement of plants and plant products in a harmonised, transparent and scientifically justified manner.
- Providing advice to Plant Health Committee on developments and issues of national importance relating to plant biosecurity measures*, including new and emerging threats, innovations and challenges including legislation.
- Contributing to the development and maintenance of interstate and market access policies, procedures and standards including responding to new and emerging issues.
- Facilitating and providing consistent, high quality information for industry and community consultation, including awareness on plant biosecurity measures.
- Maintaining an annual work plan that reflects the subcommittee’s terms of reference, outlining key activities, financial implications, expected outcomes, key deliverables, milestones, timeframes and stakeholder engagement.
- Establish working groups to undertake activities that will support the SDQMA work plan. Membership will comprise of current subcommittee members and others as required. Membership of the working groups can be used to build capacity.
- Contributing to the deliberations of emergency plant pest incursions under the direction of the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests and engage with the Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostics and the Subcommittee on National Plant Health Surveillance on relevant issues.
- Providing advice on issues pertaining to interstate trade in Australia that align with the SDQMA terms of reference.
*For the purposes of this website ‘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.