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Journalists who would like an interview with an APAL staff member or Board Director, or who want information on the apple and pear industry in Australia are welcome to contact Alison Barber Communications & Industry Engagement, on, 03 9329 3511 or 0424 004 070 or Richelle Zealley Communications & Events Officer, on, 0438 364 728.

Single Touch Payroll includes smaller businesses from July

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a new way of reporting tax and super information to the ATO. The requirement first came into effect 1 July 2018 for employers with over 20 employees, and now parliament has passed legislation to extend STP to all employers starting 1 July 2019. This will be a gradual start, and not all employers will [...]

By |April 16th, 2019|Labour / employment, News, Tools and calculators|

Victoria introduces new labour hire licensing scheme

This summary originally appeared on Citrus Australia on 1 April. The new labour hire licensing scheme will commence in Victoria on 29 April 2019. The Victorian Parliament passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (the Act) following the Victorian Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work. Labour hire is generally where one business provides labour [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Labour / employment, 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|

Export Readiness Project Reference Group Application

APAL is calling for three industry representatives to join The Apple & Pear Export Readiness and Market Access Project Reference Group. Reference Group members will be motivated to represent Industry and will be responsible strategic decisions regarding the prioritisation of project deliverables and key investment decisions. Register your interest here Background The Apple & Pear [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Exporting, News|

Award winners aren’t slowing down any time soon

As the APAL Forum and Awards for Excellence approach in June, we caught up with some of last year's winners to see what they've been working on since winning the award. We spoke with David Williams, winner of last year's Lifetime Achievement award, and Nathan Barolli, winner of last year's Rising Star award. David Williams [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|APAL, News|

New path for trans-Tasman breeding program

A new ownership structure for the trans-Tasman breeding program, Prevar, will benefit growers on both sides of the Tasman. Prevar was established in 2005 to commercialise new apple and pear cultivars bred by New Zealand’s research organisation Plant & Food Research Limited (PFR). Since its establishment, Prevar has delivered 12 cultivars to Australian growers. Brands that have been [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Branding, News, R&D updates, Varieties and rootstock|

A national netting program for apples and pears

Extreme weather events this year have highlighted the need for netting to protect against hail, sunburn, birds and flying foxes. APAL’s Head of Government Relations and Advocacy Jeremy Griffith has been busy developing a submission to Government for a program of achievable support for growers to protect their crops and improve long term sustainability. Weather [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Advocacy, Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Best wishes Angus!

After five years at the helm of the Future Orchards®  programme, APAL technical manager Angus Crawford has announced he will move on from the organisation to pursue new challenges in agriculture. Under his stewardship, Future Orchards has gone from strength-to-strength delivering practical learning opportunities across growing systems, varieties, rootstocks, chemical use and application. At the centre-piece of this programme, [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|APAL, News|

Whole-of-chain ‘buy in’ key to brand quality

Growers attending the southern loop Future Orchards® walks heard from Rick Derrey, Director of Horticulture and Grower Relations at T&G Global Limited,Washington State, USA, on how growers are working collaboratively across the supply chain to deliver consistent quality. The recent Apple and Pear Crop Estimate  provides further evidence of the rapid growth in managed varieties in [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Branding, Fruit quality and monitoring, Future Orchards, News|