Agsafe supports the safe and compliant handling, supply and disposal of agvet chemicals and their containers through three industry programs drumMUSTER, ChemClear and Accreditation & Training.
These programs help farmers, chemical users and resellers with most aspects of their agricultural chemical activity. The Accreditation & Training program helps resellers from the point of sale, while drumMUSTER and ChemClear advise end users in the disposal of chemicals and the recycling of empty agvet containers.
ChemClear provides Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a collection and disposal pathway for their unwanted chemicals.
Their goal is to reduce the quantity of agvet chemicals stored on properties and in businesses across Australia, thereby reducing negative impacts on the environment, people and trade in the future.
ChemClear is delivered by Agsafe Limited on behalf of AgStewardship Australia Limited and its stakeholders CropLife Australia, Animal Medicines Australia Limited, Veterinary Manufacturer’s and Distributors Association, the National Farmers Federation and the Australian Local Government Association.
drumMUSTER provides an easy, environmentally-friendly way of disposing of empty farming chemical containers across rural Australia.
drumMUSTER is funded by levies collected by AgStewardship, which was established to develop stewardship programs for Australia’s agriculture sector, along with ChemClear.
Infopest, owned and managed by Growcom, a peak industry body in the agricultural sector, is a comprehensive Agvet chemical database available online for free.
Infopest is a one-stop shop for accurate, up-to-date information for the effective control of weeds, pests and diseases in a wide range of crops and livestock. It is regularly updated with new and/or updated products and/or permits that have been registered or approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
Pest Genie® is a web based system which automates the management of farm chemical safety information, including pesticide labels and SDS. It also maintains accurate crop protection chemical usage records and facilitates compliance with relevant legislative and industry requirements.
Climate Kelpie is for Australian farmers and their advisors.
It connects you to tools and information about climate to help you make decisions about your farm business.
Department of the Environment
The Department of the Environment designs and implements the Australian Government’s policies and programmes to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage and promote climate action. The environmental framework is being delivered under four pillars:
With teams in 30 locations around the country and over 150 staff, Greening Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation aiming to conserve and restore landscapes at a scale through collaborative, science-based and innovative conservation programs.
Greening Australia uses the latest science to guide what’s best for our landscapes and the people and wildlife that live in them.
Guidelines for Environmental Assurance in Australian Horticulture
The second edition Guidelines for Environmental Assurance are a great go-to resource for Freshcare businesses who have implemented Freshcare Environmental, or are preparing to do so.
The Guidelines cover the growing, harvesting, packing, storage and dispatch stages of horticultural production and provide a platform for environmental auditing and certification options relevant to Australian environmental issues.
The Guidelines also provide a great supplementary resource for Freshcare Environmental and Environmental Viticulture participants on key elements in the Codes, such as the management of land and soil; water; biodiversity; greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.
Landcare is a national network of thousands of locally-based community groups who care for the natural resources of our country.
Australia is proud to boast more than 4000 community Landcare groups, 2000 Coastcare groups and many thousands of volunteers across the country. With the partnership between communities, government and organisations, Landcare volunteers all around Australia work together to repair and viably manage precious natural resources.
Their areas of focus include:
Wine Industry Q & A
How do I book an audit for the Freshcare Australian Wine Industry Standards of Sustainable Practice?
Audits to the Freshcare Australian Wine Industry Standards of Sustainable Practice (Viticulture or Winery), are required to be undertaken on a triennal basis for businesses to maintain certification.
When preparing for your first audit, it is recommended to have a minimum of 3 months’ program records established.
To schedule and book your audit, contact one of Freshcare’s registered Certification Bodies here. Alternatively, complete the Audit Quote Request Form to receive a quote for audit from all available Certification Bodies.
Why do I need to undertake Freshcare Training for the Sustainability Standards?
The requirement for Freshcare training in the AWISSP-VIT and AWISSP-WIN Standards is to ensure each participating business has at least one trained representative on-site that has been trained in the use and implementation of the Standard(s), the interpretation of requirements and verification and record-keeping that must be maintained to demonstrate compliance at audit, without the need to engage an external consultant. This is a requirement for all Freshcare Standards, to ensure consistency in application, understanding and preparedness by participants.
It is acknowledged that a number of participants may have existing qualifications relevant for the application of the Standards, however, participation in the Fershcare training component should still provide benefits to those participants and at the very least an opportunity for a greater understanding of the program and insight into ways it can be integrated by the individual or business.
I’m a new member of Sustainable Winegrowing Australia what does Freshcare provide the program?
Freshcare is the certification program owner that manages the development, application, and certification processes of the Freshcare Standards provided for voluntary use by industry.
The Freshcare Australian Wine Industry Standards of Sustainable Practice – Edition 1 in both Viticulture (AWISSP-VIT1), and Winery (AWISSP-WIN1), were developed to support the Australian Wine Industry, and Sustainable Winegrowing Australia members.
Certification to AWISSP-VIT1 and AWISSP-WIN1 is achieved through third-party audits on a triennial basis.
The Sustainable Winegrowing Australia trust mark has been released in conjunction with the AWISSP-VIT1 and AWISSP-WIN1 Standards, for use by certified members on wine labels, communications, and marketing materials, to provide a visible demonstration of their commitment to sustainable practices. Customers and consumers will know from seeing the trust mark that the vineyard and winery have met rigorous standards of sustainability.
Certified members will also benefit from enhanced international marketing opportunities through Wine Australia’s marketing events programs and the integration of sustainability stories into Wine Australia’s education and content for customers and consumers.
When do I need to update from the Environmental Code to the Sustainability Standard?
Registered businesses that had previously participated or received training in the Freshcare Environmental Viticulture or Environmental Winery Codes of Practice will need to transition to the Freshcare Australian Wine Industry Standard of Sustainable Practice – Viticulture (AWISSP-VIT1) or Winery (AWISSP-WIN1), by 1 January 2021.
From 1 January 2021, only audits to Freshcare AWISSP-VIT1 or Freshcare AWISSP-WIN1 will be undertaken.
What is Sustainable Winegrowing Australia?
Sustainable Winegrowing Australia is Australia’s national program for grape growers and winemakers to demonstrate and continuously improve their sustainability in the vineyard and winery through the environmental, social, and economic aspects of their businesses.
The program takes a holistic approach to managing, supporting and promoting sustainability. It is administered by the Australian Wine Research Institute with governance, endorsement and active support from Australian Grape & Wine and Wine Australia.
Sustainable Winegrowing Australia is modelled on global best practices and aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with progress towards these monitored annually.
It provides a clear pathway to becoming a Certified Member, with the full support of the Australian Wine Research Institute along the way.
- Commit to triennial independent audits to the Freshcare Australian Wine Industry Standards of Sustainable Practice.
- Are identified by the Sustainable Winegrowing Australia trust mark – an assurance to customers and consumers of how the product is produced.
- Benefit from inclusion in Wine Australia’s marketing events programs, in case studies, sustainability stories, and in Wine Australia’s education and content for customers and consumers.