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About Us

The VVBC has a key role to play in Victoria’s viticulture industries. A critical factor in our success is our ability to lead, work with and complement similar state and national initiatives and ensure the plant health needs of Victoria’s viticulture industries are well understood and considered at the state and national level.

 

The VVBC has been established to provide:

  • a biosecurity policy forum for government and the viticulture industries; and
  • leadership in the planning and management of state vine health issues.

 

Members

The VVBC is a collaborative venture between Agriculture Victoria and key stakeholders in the viticulture industries, including the wine grape, table grape and dried fruit industries, plus the nursery and vine improvement sectors.

 

The VVBC comprises industry representatives with interests in table grape, wine grape and dried fruit production, winemakers, regional industry organisations, the nursery industry and Agriculture Victoria.

 

Our constituents

  • Australian Dried Fruits Association
  • Australian Table Grapes Association
  • Department of Environment and Primary Industries Victoria
  • Murray Valley Winegrowers Inc.
  • Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria
  • Victorian Wine Industry Association
  • Victoria & Murray Valley Vine Improvement Association

 

Mission

  • To provide a biosecurity policy forum for government and major industry stakeholders involved with the cultivation, processing and marketing of vines and vine products in Victoria.
  • To provide leadership in the planning and management of state vine health issues including the identification and implementation, where possible, of biosecurity research and development needs.

 

 Terms of Reference

  • Monitor the impact of Government biosecurity policies and regulations and provide advice and feedback, in helping to identify and counter existing and new biosecurity threats.
  • Ensure joint Government and industry input into the development of a state vine health strategy and contribute to the planning, funding, implementation and monitoring of agreed priority programs.
  • Improve the quality of Victoria’s input into vine health policies in national forums, including National Vine Health Steering Committee, Plant Health Australia (PHA), Domestic Quarantine and Market Access Working Group, Certification Services Working Group and Plant Health Committee.
  • Oversee Victoria’s role in supporting the national preparedness response framework for grape industries under PHA. This should include overseeing the development of grower and plantings databases required to ensure effective emergency responses.
  • Provide informed advice to Government and industries on matters referred to the Committee concerning vine health.

 

 

Vision

Effective biosecurity for profitable viticulture industries

The biosecurity challenges facing Victoria are well stated in a range of industry and Government strategies.

Biosecurity issues that have special importance to the viticulture industries include the need to exclude or contain existing and new pests and diseases, for example, phylloxera, exotic virus and virus-like diseases and their vectors, the Pierce’s Disease bacterium, grapevine rust, black rot fungus and fruit flies (endemic and exotic).

There is also a significant number of regional pests and diseases which, if spread more widely or not well controlled, could provide long-term problems for our industry. This risk could be seriously heightened through economic circumstances and the threats posed by neglected vineyards (and other crops) as sources of pests and diseases. There is also increasing pressure on the viticulture (and other) industries to reduce their use of pesticides and/or to find alternative control measures without losing market access or escalating production costs.

While the VVBC recognises it can’t fix all the biosecurity issues facing the industry, it is determined to provide leadership and well thought out policy and investment advice to industry and government on key viticulture biosecurity issues.

 

Our goals for Victorian viticulture

  1. To minimise the impact of outbreaks of major pests and diseases
  2. To provide leadership in the coordination of biosecurity management strategies
  3. To increase stakeholder awareness of major pest and disease issues
  4. To achieve a sustainable resource base for the activities of the VVBC

 

 

Useful links

 

Agriculture Victoria Viticulture Biosecurity