Industry Issues

Dry conditions impact Victoria’s apple and pear crops

Written by Amelia Pepe. This article originally appeared on The Weekly Times on 19/6/2019. Volumes down: Fruit Growers Victoria grower services manager Michael Crisera said the remainder of this year’s apple and pear season has seen little respite from the dry conditions facing growers across Victoria. Pear and apple volumes in Victoria have [...]

ACCC calls for views on collective bargaining

  The ACCC is seeking feedback from growers and industry professionals on their proposal to develop a class exemption that would provide legal protection for businesses to collectively bargain with customers or suppliers without having to apply to the ACCC. This feedback must be submitted by 3 July 2019 at which point the ACCC will make a [...]

Snapshot of CSIRO’s report on megatrends

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz You can’t choose whether or not the change happens, but you can control how you react to it. Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, director of the CSIRO Data61 Insight Team, provides a snapshot of the upcoming report “Our Future World” which outlines the megatrends reshaping our global landscape. The concept of 'megatrends' [...]

Strategic Marketing Panel enters recruitment phase

Transformation of the apple and pear industry’s long-term marketing strategy has entered a critical new phase with recruitment commencing for a Strategic Marketing Panel (SMP). With the backing of growers’, APAL has been working with Hort Innovation since late last year on the best approach for delivering an impactful long-term marketing strategy and annual plan [...]

By |May 15th, 2019|APAL, Branding, Exporting, Industry Issues, Marketing, News|

Industry blindsided by 15 April deadline

The apple and pear industry has been blindsided by a 14-day timeframe for the implementation of complex casual wage changes. The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to require casual employees to be paid overtime under the Horticulture Award from 15 April 2019 has left growers woefully short of time to get abreast of and implement [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

Overtime on casual pay rates to take effect from 15 April

Employers will be required to pay overtime to casual workers from 15 April under changes to the Horticulture Award formally handed down yesterday by The Fair Work Commission. The Commission has determined to adopt the ‘conciliated proposal’ with new requirements to take effect from the first full pay period on or after 15 April 2019. While the changes [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

ACCC update: written agreements and collective bargaining

  The ACCC has released its half-yearly Small business in focus report, covering the latest developments across the small business, franchising, and agriculture sectors. From July to December 2018, the ACCC received 114 reports and enquiries about agriculture matters. Most of these were about misleading conduct/false representations and consumer guarantees. The report highlights a number of small business [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Industry Issues, News|

State Associations round up

On Tuesday 12 Feb, APAL Head of Advocacy and Government Relations Jeremy Griffith hosted a State Associations teleconference with the goal of bringing together state grower bodies and facilitate collaboration. Present on the call were representatives from every apple and pear growing state: Fruit Growers Victoria, Fruit Growers Tasmania, NSW Farmers, APGASA (SA), Growcom (Qld), [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Advocacy, Industry Issues, News|

Positive test for Listeria – what next?

“Your apples have tested positive for Listeria” What happens when you answer the phone to find your fruit has tested presumptive positive for Listeria monocytogenes? A quality assurance consultant for an apple producer who took just such a call tells his story. How were you notified? Our wholesale market agent advised that fruit had tested [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Education, Hygiene and food safety, Industry Issues|

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|