APAL in now using an online system developed by Australian Table Grape Association that will enable growers to register their property for accreditation to export to protocol markets (i.e. Thailand).
This online system replaces the paper-based registration and accreditation process and will allow for export registration information to be gathered, with high quality maps. This, in turn allows for a simpler audit process by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DoAWR).
BEFORE you can complete the online registration form YOU MUST contact Olivia Tait so that she can issue you with a welcome email and password to access the system.
The registration process is mandatory and all grower/packhouse registrations must complete their registrations by Friday 18 November 2016.
If you are a grower only you will just need to register your orchard blocks.
If you are a grower AND a packhouse / cold store / treatment facility, you may now complete one registration for all entities using the one application.
If you are a packhouse /cold store / treatment facility only, you are still required to complete the registration process, regardless of whether or not you have a Registered Establishment Number issued by DoAWR. Instead of mapping orchard blocks, the packhouse facility should be mapped.
Once the registration process is complete, you will be issued with orchard block numbers, e.g. AP100-A01. If you are registering a packhouse / cold store / treatment facility a separate number will be issued e.g. AP100-PCT01. These numbers will then be provided to the importing country by DoAWR and all boxed and labelled fruit going into that market will be reconciled with this master list and will therefore demonstrate the fruit was sourced and or packed from a registered and approved facility.
Training sessions for the new system have been run in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria, and Lenswood, South Australia. Victorian and South Australian growers who missed these sessions or growers based in New South Wales, Western Australia or Queensland interested in registering their orchard for export to Thailand can contact Olivia to organise a training session.
All growers in Tasmania will have completed their registration manually this year for the 2017 export season as the software changes were not completed in time to meet the Tasmanian registration deadlines. The system will be rolled out to all next year for the 2018 season.