Thursday 14th May & Friday 15th May 2015 at the RACV Country Club Healesville.







DAY 1:    RACV HEALESVILLE COUNTRY CLUB, 122 Healesville-Kinglake Rd, Healesville.

DAY 2:    Field Day - Strawberry Springs, Milgrove and Sanders Orchards, Three Bridges
The annual Victorian Cherry Conference for 2015 will be held in the scenic town of Healesville this year. The conference is open to all cherry growers and those interested in supporting the cherry industry. 

The conference has been designed to learn from the past season and be ready to change and adapt to the future. The program this year features formal presentations from industry specialists, the return of the very popular Q & A style forum and the opportunity to attend two orchard walks on day 2.

Some of the presenters this year include:

  • Andrew Jessop - Sugar Flotation
  • Susan Finger - The future of HIA: and Overview.
  • Tony Filippi, FGVL's Industry Development Manager
  • Penny Meesham & Dugald Close  - TIA (Tasmania Institute of Agriculture)


We have attached the program which contains a detailed layout of the two days. 
Don't wait to book as spots are limited, see below to register!!




  • $210.00     VCA MEMBER 
  • $260.00     NON MEMBERS
  • $ 75.00      CONFERENCE DINNER-2 Course Meal (not included in above prices) 

Registration includes attendance to all Conference Sessions, Forums & Orchard Walks
(including tea breaks & lunches) and web access to conference handouts. 
REGISTER ONLINE NOW !!http://www.trybooking.com/HOAC

Accommodation- A limited amount of accommodation is available at the venue so be sure to book early.  As an alternative acommodation option, contact the Yarra Valley Tourist Information Centre:
Web www.visityarravalley.com.auPh: 03 5962 2600.



24 April 2015

Mid-year Performance Report 2014/2015

The PHA Mid-Year Performance Report 2014/2015 is available for download.

15 April 2015

2015 Cherry Training Guide

The 2015 Cherry Training Guide is available for download.













15 April 2015

HIA NEWS - First Edition Available

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07 April 2015

ABARES 2015 Regional Outlook Conferences

Save the date!

Join ABARES at a Regional Outlook conference in your area in 2015

The ABARES Regional Outlook conferences are one-day events and are an opportunity to hear from ABARES researchers, local producers, industry representatives and business people, and discuss issues relevant to your region.

Registration is free of charge but pre-conference enrolment is essential. Each conference program includes forecasts for key agricultural commodities, an economic overview, weather and climate trends, local challenges such as labour and water issues and case studies from innovative regional businesses.

Delegates include producers and growers, bankers, consultants, regional development and NRM agencies, local business owners, state and local government staff and many others with an interest in the future of their region.

The Regional Outlook conferences follow from the national Outlook 2015 conference in March with its theme of The business of agriculture: producing for profit.

Join ABARES at a conference in your region. Register your interest for program development, sponsorship and attendance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 locations and dates

  • Tasmania - Devonport  29 April
  • South Australia - Strathalbyn 10 June
  • Northern Territory - Darwin 8 July
  • Queensland - Rockhampton 29 July
  • Western Australia - Geraldton 26 August
  • Victoria - Hamilton 23 September
  • New South Wales - Coffs Harbour 28 October


07 April 2015

Inspectors for the Fair Work Ombudsman will be checking employer compliance this year!


Harvest trail campaign

In August 2013 we started a 3 year campaign to help employers and employees working on the Harvest trail to understand their rights and obligations at work.

Every year seasonal harvest workers follow the Harvest Trail of ripening fruit, vegetables and other crops around Australia. From January grape picking in the Hunter Valley to autumn apples in Tasmania, October mangoes in the Northern Territory and cherries at Christmas time. The horticulture and viticulture industries employ many travellers and seasoned harvesters.

Why the Harvest trail?

Our experience of working with employers and employees in the horticulture industry has shown there is often:

  • confusion about employer obligations, including how to use piece rate agreements
  • a lack of understanding about grower’s obligations when using a labour hire service.

What are we doing about it?

From tomatoes in northern Queensland to strawberries in Victoria and cucumbers in Western Australia we’re talking to growers and workers about:

  • minimum wages and conditions, including piece rates
  • record keeping and pay slips
  • labour hire and supply chain issues.

Our campaign isn’t just about auditing growers. We want to find out what’s happening out there and what problems growers face when dealing with workplace laws.

We’ll be visiting and revisiting growing regions during the campaign and working with industry associations to build ongoing relationships. - Find out more information on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

06 March 2015
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