Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA)
The Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA) is a national program managed by Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA). NIASA provides a set of guidelines to ensure that accredited production nurseries, growing media manufacturers and greenlife markets operate according to industry Best Management Practice (BMP) and commit to a continuous improvement cycle. Day-to-day operations within NSW and ACT are managed by GIA's Plant Protection Officer, Emma De Landre. NIASA is a voluntary scheme open to both members and non-members of NGINA.
To achieve NIASA accreditation production nurseries must meet criteria set out in the NIASA guidelines. Technical advisors appointed by GIA are available to assist businesses in preparing to meet NIASA audit requirements. Production nurseries are then audited on a yearly basis to maintain NIASA accreditation. Since 1993 the scheme has been a national initiative and has developed over the years to include sub programs.
GIA also provides specialist, site specific advice and technical services to support nursery production in specialised areas. NIASA guidelines include BMP advice for production of tree stock for landscape use, and production of high-quality avocado, macadamia and banana nursery stock for fruit and nut production. For further details regarding NIASA, EcoHort and Biosecure HACCP programs, contact: