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Contribute to distribution of reseach funding


Hort Innovation is inviting apple and pear growers and others in the supply chain to join the apple and pear Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP).

There are four vacancies available on the panel, which provides advice on funding into research and development in the apple and pear industry.

Applicants of all ages, genders, cultural backgrounds and from small, medium and large operations are encouraged to join.

What is the SIAP?

The SIAP is a panel of industry representatives that provides advice to Hort Innovation in relation to industry research and development funded by apple and pear industry levies and contributions from the Australian Government. They meet once a year.

The role

In the role of panel member, you will use your strong industry experience and strategic thinking skills to collaborate with other growers, industry representatives and Hort Innovation staff. To help deliver the next Strategic Investment Plan, the panel will discuss and make decisions on research and development opportunities and levy investments to benefit the industry.

The panel membership has a fixed term of three years and is reviewed every three years.

If you have any questions regarding the apple and pear SIAP or the recruitment process, please contact Hort Innovation’s Industry Strategic Partner for the apple and pear industry, Dumisani Mhlanga on 0447 091 186 or via email at

How to apply

You can apply via the Hort Innovation website.

Applications close on 30 October 2020.

Applications will be assessed and shortlisted for interview by a selection panel.


Further Information

Learn more about the SIAP and how Hort Innovation consults with industry.

Learn more about how your levies are invested through the Apple and Pear Fund.


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