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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink


New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the nursery industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.

If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.

202020 Vision: Goods Line monitoring and evaluation research

Project Code: NY13024

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink Spring

The Goods Line is an old Sydney railway line that has been redeveloped as a social and interactive area with strong green-space components. This project sought to showcase the benefits of ‘urban greening’ by exploring the social and environmental benefits emerging from the redevelopment – and the extent to which they were related specifically to the increase in green space.

Evaluation of nursery tree stock balance parameters
Nursery industry statistics and research 2016/17

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D projects for the nursery industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 4.

Building the resilience and on-farm biosecurity capacity of the Australian production nursery industry

Project Code: NY15002

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4

Beginning in 2016, this project aims to enhance the biosecurity preparedness of the Australian nursery industry. It builds on earlier project Plant health, biosecurity, risk management and capacity building for the nursery industry (NY11001) and is developing new contingency plans, producing new and updated information, and is delivering the industry’s Pest Identification Tool ( to make diagnostic identifications more financially viable for production nurseries.

National nursery industry biosecurity program
Communication program for the Australian nursery industry 2015-18
Where should all the trees go? An investigation of the impact of tree canopy cover on socio-economic status and wellbeing in LGAs
202020 Vision Training/Capacity Building Program
Measuring Australia’s green space assets
Developing the business case for green cities
Global Masterclass in Horticultural Business
Attracting new entrants into Australian horticulture – promoting careers in horticulture
Communication program for the Australian nursery industry 2015-18
Green industry growing leaders program

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the nursery page of Hortlink 2017, edition 4.

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Nursery Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Nursery SIP at a glance

Nursery SIP

The Nursery Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the nursery industry over the next five years. It lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents the balanced interests of the industry. The very important function of the SIP is to ensure levy investment decisions align with industry priorities.

The SIP was developed through a process of consultation, drafting, validation, stakeholder feedback as well as final approval by Hort Innovation’s Board. The process involved consultation meetings (detailed below) and online validation, giving nursery growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's nursery Relationship Manager, John Vatikiotis, by phone on 0429 022 637or by email.

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Nursery Sydney, NSW May 5, 2016
Nursery Sydney, NSW May 6, 2016
Nursery Sydney, NSW June 21, 2016
Nursery Sydney, NSW September 28, 2016
Nursery Sydney, NSW November 8, 2016
Nursery Sydney, NSW November 16 and 17, 2016
Nursery Sydney, NSW April 3 and 4, 2017
Nursery Sydney, NSW June 7, 2017
Nursery Sydney, NSW October 18, 2017
Nursery Sydney, NSW February 13, 2018

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the nursery industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads

Read articles on the nursery industry


Contacts at Hort Innovation

John Vatikiotis
Relationship Manager Lead

T 02 8295 2384
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Claire Tindale-Penning
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2311
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Industry representative body: Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Limited

PO Box 7129
Baulkham Hills BC, NSW 2153
T 02 8861 5100
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