Export & Market Access

Industry Advocacy

Amplifying growers’ voices and driving an agenda for positive industry change.

Export & Market Access

Trade, biosecurity, seasonal labour, water security and the Hort Award are just some of the areas currently impacting apple and pear growers which require informed, diplomatic and skilful representation with Government.

 

APAL’s Industry Advocacy work involves:

 

Our Industry Advocacy Priorities

APAL is focused on influencing the issues that matter most to growers. Our priorities include:

 

Learn more about our advocacy work below.

 

National Netting Program

National Netting Program

The need to continue to secure Australia’s food production is critical. Netting provides a highly effective solution by protecting crops against extreme weather conditions, such as droughts, high temperatures, hail, frost, and infestations of birds and flying foxes. Studies show it can also reduce water consumption by up to 20 per cent. As part of this process it should include netting for dams to reduce water evaporation. The government needs to:

  1. Establish a long-term national netting and dam covering grant program
  2. Introduce accelerated depreciation for netting
  3. Improve the accessibility of low-interest loans
  4. Ensure the Future Drought Fund is accessible to the horticulture industry.
National Netting Program
Labour

Labour

Labour

Seasonal workers play a pivotal role in the Australian horticultural industry, especially during peak periods when many growers rely on the assistance of labour hire contractors to source and administer their workforce needs. Increasing scrutiny, legal requirements, fines and market demands all act as checks to incentivise the fair payment and treatment of workers. A concerted cross-sector effort involving government and growers is required to address the dire labour challenges facing the apple and pear industry. Specifically, APAL is working to:

  • Introduce a dedicated, fit-for-purpose Ag Visa
  • Accelerate the Seasonal Worker Program
  • Introduce a National Labour Hire scheme
  • Protect the rights of workers

Water security

Water security

Awareness of the importance of the agriculture sector, including the apple and pear industry, in supplying Australia’s food requirements needs to be recognised and protected by all parties. Bipartisan support is critical, particularly in ensuring the delivery of the Murray Darling Basin Plan in a pragmatic, fair, and flexible manner.

 

 

 

Water security
Biosecurity

Biosecurity

Biosecurity

Free from many of the pests and diseases found in orchards elsewhere in the world, Australian apple and pear growers enjoy an enviable reputation for clean, green produce. This competitive advantage relies on stringent controls and measures to manage and prevent unwanted pests and diseases entering and becoming established in our farms and orchards. In addition to robust biosecurity measures on imported produce, greater public education is needed to manage the risks associated with biosecurity. APAL is lobbying for a proportion of the proposed Biosecurity Import levy to be set aside for this purpose.

Government submissions

Government submissions

APAL regularly makes submissions to various levels of government to represent and advocate for the best interests of Australian apple and pear growers.

 

Government submissions
Horticulture Council Membership

Horticulture Council Membership

Horticulture Council Membership

APAL is a founding member of the Horticulture Council, the horticultural policy forum led by the National Farmers’ Federation. Alongside other commodity groups including the Australian Blueberry Growers’ Association, Berries Australia and AUSVEG, the Council advocates for the best interests of Australia’s $11 billion production and ornamental horticulture sectors, ensuring that issues affecting horticulture growers are seriously considered as part of the national agricultural advocacy agenda.

 


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