In 2012 Horticulture Australia Ltd initiated a project to harmonise food safety certification requirements for the major retailers in Australia. The result of this project is the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS).

HARPS is a retailer-led scheme designed to assist with compliance to food safety, legal and trade legislation for suppliers to the major grocery retailers in Australia.

Established with the goal of providing a more practical and comprehensive approach, HARPS has the ability to streamline the amount of work undertaken during the audit process. While the amount will differ between businesses, for those currently audited to multiple schemes for multiple customers, one base scheme plus HARPS means the audit duration will reduce, hence overall audit costs should also reduce.

The HARPS Project Team have recently completed a series of awareness sessions around the country covering several major growing areas along with the major central markets. Click here to view a copy of the HARPS awareness session presentation.

If you were unable to attend a session, or, if you were able to attend but would like to hear the information again, click here to register for our HARPS awareness webinar. 

Due to popular demand, additional HARPS awareness sessions have been confirmed!

If you would like to attend one of the upcoming sessions, please register by clicking on your preferred location below.  

  • Wanneroo (WA) session 1 – Tuesday, 22 May 2018 (please note time change)
  • Wanneroo (WA) session 2 – Tuesday, 22 May 2018 (Vietnamese translation available at this session)
  • Carnarvon (WA) – Wednesday, 23 May 2018 (please note time change)
  • Mildura (VIC) – Monday, 28 May 2018
  • Robinvale (VIC) – Tuesday, 29 May 2018
  • Stanthorpe (QLD) – Tuesday, 5 June 2018
  • HARPS awareness webinar (including Q&A) – Monday, 21 May 2018

HARPS is officially live! Since the launch of HARPS in October 2016, more than 900 suppliers have become HARPS approved.


Would you like to have a say? 

HARPS is seeking involvement from more growers to participate in the HARPS Technical Advisory Group workshops, to help refine and improve theelements within the HARPS scheme. Please register your interest here.

For more information on HARPS visit our Growers & Suppliers, FAQs or contact page.