R&D Extension

This is a free service to assist both English and Vietnamese speaking vegetable growers by providing Industry Extension Officers. Truyen Vo assists the one third of growers who are Vietnamese, while Sam Grubisa assists the remainder of the growers.

This service is part funded through the APC-VPC (grower fee for service) and Hort Innovation VegNET (VG18003) project. The range of services offered by the Industry Extension Officers include:

For more information, contact our Industry Extension Officers.

Truyen Vo
0457 457 559

Sam Grubisa
0427 373 037

VegNET (National Vegetable Extension Network) is delivered locally in Western Australia by vegetablesWA through VG18003, funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the vegetable industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.


Export Facilitators

This three-year project provides resources and hands-on extension support to help vegetable growers become export ready. Additionally, it provides funding to assist eligible growers in preparing export plans for their business.

Export Facilitators is a joint project between vegetablesWA, Growcom and the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Export Facilitation Group, funded by Hort Innovation. vegetablesWA is the program manager and is assisted with support on the ground in both Queensland and Tasmania, forming a network of facilitators across Australia.

For more information, download the flyer and our Export Checklist.

Export Readiness Program

The Export Readiness Workshop held at Crown Perth provides expert advice to vegetable growers who are considering exporting. Topics covered in the workshop include a comprehensive introduction to export, freight and logistics, plus valuable market insights.

Key project contacts

Manus Stockdale
+61 448 897 652

Value Chain

A major challenge for growers can be understanding how to access new markets and making sure they have the right tools to do so.

Our Value Chain program is a free service designed to help link growers to both domestic and export markets. This service also hosts informative workshops and conferences and can assist growers when dealing with government agencies on market issues.

Some of the other areas this service covers:

  • Rules and regulations
  • Barriers to market entry
  • Market access solutions

More information on quarantine rules around exporting from WA: Quarantine WA

  • Recommendations of new ways to treat existing produce
  • Assistance to diversify products
  • International Market Growth
  • Practical tools to help growers make connections into international markets
  • Determining which markets are right for your product
  • Download the Vegetable Industry Export Strategy 2020 Summary here or contact Ausveg export@ausveg.com.au for the full version

For more information on our Value Chain services, contact the Operations Manager.

Project contact

Manus Stockdale
+61 448 897 652


Benchmarking is the anonymous comparison of key business measures against other vegetable growers in your region and WA. It’s a simple way to manage your business more effectively and find improvements to be made.

vegetablesWA provides a free annual vegetable benchmarking service to all growers, funded through Hort Innovation vegetable research and development levy funds.

By participating in the benchmarking service, growers will receive an individual, confidential report, hand delivered and explained by the benchmarking team. It will clearly and quickly point out where business improvements can be made to increase return on capital, reduce operating expenses and even free up more time to spend with the family.

Here’s a look at the 2017-2018 WA Vegetable Industry Benchmark Results

For more information on the project you can download the industry report, sample individual benchmarking report, flyer or contact the Benchmark Lead Bryn Edwards

Project contact

Bryn Edwards
0417 409 821

Food Safety and Quality Assurance

West Australian fruit and vegetables are known for their quality, freshness and safety. In order to help growers continue to meet high industry standards, vegetablesWA offers free Quality Assurance (QA) assistance to vegetable growers, funded through the APC-VPC (grower fee for service).

This program enables growers to access assistance to implement on-farm QA programs. Services on offer are:

  • Assistance with Correct Action Required (CAR) and Maximum Residue Limit (MRL)
  • Pre-audit checks for vegetable growers
  • In addition to the above, vegetablesWA can provide Freshcare training as a paid service to vegetable growers at a reduced rate.
  • Freshcare training – click here to download the pricing information

In the event of a food safety crisis, vegetablesWA works with the Department of Health and key stakeholders to communicate important information to growers, acting as a liaison between government agencies and growers.

Project contact

Joel Dinsdale
0417 857 675

Labour Scheme Facilitation

The Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme are initiatives of the Federal Government to assist businesses in Western Australia secure a stable workforce where there is a gap in the Australian market.

The Seasonal Worker Programme allows workers from 9 Pacific Nations plus Timor-Leste to work in Australia for up to 9 months each year.  The workers are then able to return in each subsequent year, if required by the business.  Workers can work anywhere in WA, in the horticulture, aquaculture and accommodation industries.

The Pacific Labour Scheme is designed for semi-skilled and low-skilled workers to work in Australia for between 1-year and 3-years.  The workers can work in any industry in regional and rural Australia.

For further details please click here to go through to our more detailed page.

Project contact

Kit Sainsbury
0477 477 044

Policy and Advocacy

vegetablesWA is Western Australia’s peak industry body for vegetable growers. One of our key business areas is policy development and advocacy for local vegetable growers, and this work is the primary focus of our CEO John Shannon.

Working in the industry for well over 10 years, John started his career at Australian Government Department of Agriculture and has been working for vegetable growers at vegetablesWA for over nine years.

John has successfully undertaken advocacy for growers on a range of topics including water, labour, biosecurity and government red tape policy. Some of the recent policies he has helped to develop include Myalup – Collie Water cooperative, Wanneroo Water Taskforce.

John Shannon
0488 111 526

Communications & Marketing

In addition to our Value Chain services, vegetablesWA has a dedicated Communications and Marketing specialist to assist growers with their business marketing, including website design and social media management.

This department is responsible for the WA Grower magazine that is released quarterly.

The magazine has a distribution of over 1,600 copies including every vegetable, potato, citrus, apple, pear and stonefruit grower across all growing regions of Western Australia, as well as other key stakeholders across the state and nationally.

Amber Atkinson
Communications & Policy Officer
0438 123 562