The Flower Association of Queensland Inc (FAQI) represents floriculture greenhouse growers, tropical flowers and foliage, in-ground native and wildflower growers. Members also include equipment and installation suppliers, wholesalers, exporters, florists, specialist consultants and advisors, researchers and educators.
Queensland Flower Growers was formed in 1987 and in 1998 FAQI commenced its role as the peak industry organisation for the Queensland cut flower and foliage industry. Today, FAQI is recognised as the industry’s peak State body proactively addressing common challenges, implementing solutions and representing its members to government, technical agencies and other industry groups.
Aims & Objectives
To develop and maintain a sustainable, profitable and efficient flower production and marketing industry, which is commercially focused and works successfully with other stakeholders to expand domestic and export demand for its products.
We aim to do this by:
- Representing the Flower Association of Queensland Inc. and its members in an advocacy role to government, regulatory and technical agencies and other industry groups
- Encouraging and supporting local grower groups and be a focus for statewide interaction
- Collecting, producing and distributing information to members through conferences, seminars, newsletters and workshops
- Maintaining an active communication network with relevant stakeholders and allied industry organisations
- Promoting the efficiency and sustainability of our growing systems ie. inground and hydroponic to enable these businesses to become more successful and profitable
- Encouraging and supporting relevant research and development activities
About the Australian cut flower & foliage industry
The Cut Flower and Foliage industry in Australia is part of the agricultural sector and engages in growing flowers and foliage for cutting and display. Growers mostly produce traditional (soft) flowers, with roses, liliums and gerberas the biggest sellers, with Chrysanthemums in demand for Mother’s Day and seasonal bulbs and flowers in spring. Although most traditional flowers are grown with some protection, usually poly tunnels, there are many exceptions. Virtually all traditional flowers are sold on the domestic market.
Australian wildflowers – Australian native flowers and foliages and South African Proteaceae (Protea, Leucadendron, Serruria) – are primarily cultivated in plantations.
They fall into two broad categories – filler flowers such Waxflower, Kangaroo Paw and Thryptomene and seasonal feature flowers such as Waratah, Banksia and Protea.
Some flowers and foliages are wild harvested under license. Wildflowers account for 90% of the industry’s exports.