Support for

Creating a better future for Australian apple and pear growers,
through industry leadership and commercial advancement.

Young Members’ Network

If you are committed to building a more profitable future for yourself, your orchard and the broader apple and pear industry, become part of the APAL Young Members’ Network.

Funded by APAL and launched in 2019, the Young Members’ Network provides leadership, networking and career growth opportunities for rising stars of industry.

Membership is free and open to all Australian commercial apple and pear growers, orchard and pack house managers, pome fruit researchers and students under 35.


  • What are our objectives?

What are our objectives?

The aims of the Young Members’ Network are to:

  • Ensure young industry players have a voice in industry
  • Energise and foster innovation in industry
  • Guide the technical, commercial and leadership skills development of future industry leaders
  • Acknowledge excellence and initiative from rising stars
  • Promote the Australian apple and pear industry as an attractive career prospect
  • Foster a stronger sense of community by providing social opportunities to connect

What do we provide?

The Young Members’ Network is shaped by its members – we will deliver the programs and opportunities
you want to see. These may include:

  • A like-minded network you can turn to for support and ideas
  • Forums and events at a regional and national level, targeted at young
  • Opportunity to participate in bi-annual  overseas study tours
  • Opportunity to access scholarships and publish technical papers
  • Guidance and advice from APAL Directors or other senior industry mentors
  • Invitations to member-only social events
  • Support for members to apply for industry positions, e.g. references for state associations and research positions

Young Members’ Leadership Council

To establish the Network, and clarify its objectives and priorities, an inaugural meeting of 17 young growers and researchers was held in Melbourne at the APAL Industry Forum 2019. Attendees were selected on the basis of nomination by State Association Heads and final selection by APAL, including at least one APAL Director. In addition to hearing what’s on the mind of experienced industry players, Young Members were treated to a leadership dinner with Citrus Australia’s Chairman, Ben Cant, urging them to collaborate and learn from each other.