The Australian Government collects a levy on apples and pears (excluding nashi) produced in Australia where the producer either sells the product or uses it in the production of other goods. For more information visit the Department of Agriculture and Water Resource’s website section on levy rates.  Details on specific rates are published on the DAWR website as follows:

The levies include voluntary contributions from industry with matched funding from the Australian Government for:

APAL and the levies

APAL does not collect levies. However, APAL provides a range of core services to the apple and pear industry that are largely funded through Hort Innovation, which administers the apple and pear R&D and marketing levies.

APAL’s levy-funded services include:

Hort Innovation and the levies

Hort Innovation administers the investment of the R&D and Marketing levies with input from industry via the Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP).

To learn how to submit an investment idea for consideration view Hort Innovation’s Harvesting Innovation video

More information on how the levies are invested is available on Hort Innovation’s website.

Levy rates

The following levy rates apply to all sales of apples and pears (excluding nashi) effective October 1, 2017  (Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources).

Commodity Total rate Marketing Research & development Plant Health Australia National Residue Survey Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed
Domestic apples (c/kg)  1.895 1.03 0.72 0.02 0.075  



Domestic pears (c/kg) 2.149 1.249 0.775 0 0.075 0.05
Export apples (c/kg) 1.895 1.03 0.72 0.02 0.075 0.05
Export pears (c/kg) 2.149 1.249 0.775 0 0.075 0.05
Juicing apples ($/t) $2.75 $2.00 $0.65 0 $0.10 0
Juicing pears ($/tonne) $2.95 $2.25 $0.60 0 $0.10 0
Processing apples ($/tonne) $5.50 $4.00 $1.30 0 $0.20 0
Processing pears ($/tonne) $5.90 $4.50 $1.20 0 $0.20 0