A guide for Working Holiday Makers

THE NATIONAL Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has released a new guide for working on Australian farms which includes what to expect, what to be aware of, and who to contact if there is a problem for backpackers. 

The guide is also summarised in a short checklist with the key things that backpackers need to keep in mind when going to work on an Australian farm.  It could be a very useful information sheet to hand out to backpackers during the season.  See below to download the guide.

17 August 2017

Fruit Fly – Be prepared. It’s on the Yarra Valley doorstep

Queensland Fruit Fly is now widespread in northern Victoria and is threatening Yarra Valley fruit production. 

The Fruit Fly – Be prepared masterclass is a forum for growers and businesses in the Yarra Valley to hear first-hand from industry experts, scientists and a grower’s perspective. Learn what damage Queensland Fruit Fly can cause and what your business and your community can do to prepare.

Come to our live lecture and Q&A session in Lilydale hosted by the Biosecurity Centre of Excellence and be part of the action or attend the event from the comfort of your living room delivered via webinar.

The session is free, registration is required.

To Register

Go to:   http://www.boxhill.edu.au/bod-events/fruit-fly-be-prepared/

Cost:      FREE


Date:     Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Time:     9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: Box Hill Institute, Lilydale (map)

Lakeside Campus,

Jarlo Drive Lilydale

Auditorium, Building LB/LC

If you have any questions please contact: Dr Mick Blake, Director, Biosecurity Centre of Excellence

Lilydale Lakeside Campus, Box Hill Institute

Building LB, Room 107, Jarlo Drive, Lilydale, Australia 3140

M 0466 477 808 | P +61 3 8892 2530 




12 July 2017

Yarra Valley Fruit Fly Co-ordinator appointed

New face in town to help keep Yarra Valley fruit fly free

A Fruit Fly Regional Coordinator has been appointed in the Yarra Valley to help protect horticultural production and keep the area fruit fly free.

While many methods are used to control fruit fly, the critical factor is people working together. In the current Action Plan, the role of the Regional Coordinator is crucial for ensuring industry, community and government cooperate to effectively manage fruit fly.

Bronwyn Koll has been employed by Agribusiness Yarra Valley to work directly with the fruit fly Regional Governance Group which includes representation from major horticultural producers, local and state government, and community members from the area.

20 June 2017

Have all your questions about the updated Hort Code answered....

Horticulture Code updated with stronger protections and penalties

The Horticulture Code is a mandatory code of conduct that aims to create transparency around the grower-trader relationship and establish fair dispute resolution mechanisms in the horticulture industry.

There have been recent changes to the Code that strengthens the protection it provides. As a grower, you need to know how the changes affect you and what your rights and obligations are under the Code.

What is the Code?

The Code covers trade in unprocessed horticulture produce, such as fruit, vegetables, edible fungi and nuts, and applies to growers, agents and merchants.

The Code operates to create transparency in the relationship between you (the grower), agents and merchants. It does this by requiring all parties to have a written contract with each other, called a Horticulture Produce Agreement (HPA). It is now illegal to trade in horticulture produce without a HPA and all parties, including growers, agents and merchants, can be subject to penalties if they don’t have a HPA.

You should seek legal advice if you are unsure whether your HPA is compliant with the Code.

24 May 2017

The May 2017 Cherry Newsletter is now available....

May 2017

Welcome to the May Cherry Newsletter email, with the latest news, updates and announcements for the Australian cherry industry.

Click here to read......

24 May 2017

What the Federal Budget means to farmers.....

Federal budget 2017: What it means for farmers across Australia - 
Key points:
$8.4 billion for inland freight rail between Melbourne and Brisbane
$1 billion in Landcare funding locked in for five years
New food safety requirements for importers, and new powers to hold product at the border
Farm Household Allowance still capped at three years, but maxed out farmers can apply for loans
Live export industry gets $8.3 million to develop new welfare assurance program
Find out more in this ABC Rural article.

24 May 2017

Get an update on the HIA Cherry Project situation!

Find out the New, Ongoing and Completed HIA Projects for the Cherry Industry in the Hort Link Newsletter!!

24 May 2017
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