Apple & Pear Australia

About Apple & Pear Australia

APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.

Fair Farms Initiative secures $1.5m

  The national Fair Farms Initiative (FFI) designed to improve workplace relations practices across Australian horticulture was given an additional $1.5m in ongoing funding last week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the ongoing funding for the FFI Monday, 5 November following discussions at the recent National Farmer’s Federation (NFF) Congress, where he spoke about the proposed [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Labour / employment, News|

Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program

  The Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program is offering rural and regional Victorian women involved in agriculture or the agriculture supply chain the opportunity to apply for funded places on established leadership and mentoring courses over the next three years (2019-2021). These programs are the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program, the Williamson Community [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Opportunities, Training and workshops|

Post-harvest seminar 2019 presenter profiles

Successful management of apples and pears in the specialised area of post-harvest is increasingly driven by technology. Presenters at the 2019 post-harvest seminar will share information and examples of how the progressive operators, both locally and internationally, are implementing effective practices backed by an understanding of science and skills. Topics include: post-harvest physiology, storage technology, [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|PIPS, Post-harvest quality|

Register now to export to Thailand in 2019

Registrations are now open for mainland Australia apple and pear growers and packhouses wishing to export to Thailand in 2019. APAL Technical manager Angus Crawford said this includes those wishing to export all varieties of apples (Malus domestica) and pears, including Ya pear (Pyrus bretschneideri), European pear (Pyrus communis), Nashi pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) and Siberian [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Exporting, Market access|

Know your responsibility under new heavy vehicle laws

Changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) that came into effect on 1 October, 2018,  provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. This means businesses who own themselves or contract other heavy vehicle owners or drivers to deliver their produce need [...]

Visa changes announced

The Prime Minister has announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker and Seasonal Workers Programme (SWP) visas growers rely on to address labour challenges in Australia. Changes to the Working Holiday Maker program will let backpackers qualify for a third year in Australia by performing additional work in regional industries like agriculture, and will raise [...]

By |November 5th, 2018|Labour / employment, News|

2017-18 Annual Report – APAL

Download APAL's Annual Report 2017-18. APAL’s Annual Report for 2017-18 is now available as a download. This year’s report is provided in a streamlined form and includes financial statements and auditor’s report. Download APAL’s annual report 2017-18.

By |November 5th, 2018|Annual reports, APAL|

Import risk analysis for US-apples commences

1 November 2018: The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has formally commenced an import risk analysis for apples from the Pacific Northwest States (Oregon, Idaho and Washington) of the United States of America. Confirmation of the import risk analysis came via a Biosecurity Advice, issued via the DAWR website earlier today. Involving a [...]

By |November 1st, 2018|News|

APAL Chair on future readiness

APAL Chair, Michele Allan, yesterday highlighted the need for greater cross-sector collaboration, rapid commercialisation of R&D techniques, and a stronger focus on ‘customer centricity’ as just three important challenges facing apple and pear growers. Speaking at APAL’s AGM in Melbourne on Tuesday 30 October, Michele said increasing focus on ‘customer centricity’ would be important for [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|Industry Issues, News|

Recruiting corporate riders to fight hunger

L-R: Chris Scott, Commercial Partnerships Manager Foodbank; Baden Cooke, Hunger Ride Ambassador; and Ray Montague, Managing Director Montague. The Jazz™ Apple team is looking for two to three apple or pear professionals with a love of cycling to join their team for The Hunger Ride, a 1-day corporate cycling challenge through 172kms of Victoria’s [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|Opportunities|