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APAL Industry Forum and APAL Awards for Excellence 2024

APAL Industry Forum

Registrations are now open for the APAL Industry Forum and APAL Awards for Excellence 2024

Secure your tickets to the APAL Industry Forum and APAL Awards for Excellence 2024 here

APAL Industry Forum 2024

The APAL Industry Forum 2024 will take place at Zinc on Monday 3 June 2024, leading into Hort Connections in Melbourne.

The theme of the APAL Industry Forum 2024 will highlight strategies for navigating the business lifecycle, focusing on growth, operational optimisation and strategic resilience. It will underscore the essential elements crucial for success in the ever- evolving apple and pear industry landscape.

Featuring presentations and training from expert speakers, the program content looks to arm growers with tools and information to help them make better business decisions, including upskilling in negotiation, the importance of ensuring quality product, making labour work for you and future planning (short term tactics for long term gains).

A detailed agenda for the Industry Forum 2024 will be released in the coming weeks.

APAL Awards for Excellence 2024

Preceding the Industry Forum, the APAL Awards for Excellence will take place at the Welcome Drinks during the evening of Sunday, 2 June 2024.

The APAL Awards for Excellence recognises the outstanding contributions of those who’ve helped to shape and influence our industry across all areas, from researching and growing through to marketing and exporting.

With a change to the award categories, Industry Rising Star will be replacing the Young Grower of the Year award. We look forward to coming together to celebrate the achievements of individuals and businesses across the industry over drinks.

Nominations are still open for the APAL Awards for Excellence 2024, you can submit your nominations here.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Event Overview

Sunday, 2 June 2024

APAL Awards for Excellence and Welcome Drinks: 5.30pm – 9.00pm | Morris House – 120 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Monday, 3 June 2024

APAL Industry Forum: 8.30am – 3.30pm | Zinc at Federation Square – Cnr Princes Walk & Russell St Ext, Melbourne CBD 3000

Note: If you would like to attend the APAL Industry Awards and APAL Awards for Excellence, please ensure that you have selected the option to attend both days when purchasing your tickets.

Sessions Overview

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More Information

Refund policy:

A full refund can be requested up to 1 day before the event.

Contact details:

If you require further assistance or to take advantage of our concierge booking please email [email protected] or phone (03) 9329 3511.

Why attend?


Meet and catch up in-person with growers, packhouse managers, exporters, marketers, agronomists and researchers.


Our line-up of speakers will challenge your thinking on how we can operate, deliver quality produce and continue to drive the industry forward.


Numerous opportunities to network and celebrate our industry members with an opportunity for an informal catch-up at our Awards for Excellence and Welcome Drinks on Sunday night, followed by the Industry Forum on Monday.

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Plenty of news you can use: Our agenda will equip you with the technical, commercial and leadership skills necessary to respond to emerging industry trends.