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.

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|

APFIP farewells Mark Hankin

Longstanding Australian Pome Fruit Improvement Program (APFIP) operations manager Mark Hankin stepped down in October after over a decade running the program. Organising the Variety Showcase events at the annual industry conference Hort Connections was just one of the many ways outgoing Operations Manager Mark Hankin drove access to better varieties in his time [...]

By |October 30th, 2018|APFIP, Varieties and rootstock|

Project aims to broaden superficial scald prevention toolkit

The project aims to improve awareness of existing options for the prevention of the post harvest disorder superficial scald in apples. Broadening industry options for the prevention of the storage disorder superficial scald in apples and pears is the focus of a new project funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear [...]

Masterclass in Horticultural Business Scholarships

**The closing date for applications for the 2019 scholarships has been extended until 19 November.   Hort Innovation is offering two $10,000 scholarships for apple and/or pear growers who pay an industry levy or are employed by a levy paying business for the Masterclass in Horticultural Business program at the University of Tasmania in 2019. Read [...]

By |October 29th, 2018|Opportunities, Scholarships|