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.

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
VIETNAMESE INDUSTRY EXTENSION OFFICER
0457 457 559
truyen.vo@vegetableswa.com.au

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.

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:

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

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

Value-adding
  • 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

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Manus Stockdale
vegetablesWA
+61 448 897 652
manus.stockdale@vegetableswa.com.au

Building Horticulture Business Capacity Program

Building Horticulture Business Capacity is an innovative new program to drive the short and long-term profitability of Western Australia’s horticulture businesses.

The program will offer participants a range of support around key business decisions to boost business resilience and farm management practices.

It builds from the successful benchmarking project undertaken by vegetableWA, extending services to provide participants with:

  • Independent third-party review of business performance
  • Anonymous comparison against industry averages and best performance
  • Expert review and suggestions on current business and financial management practice
  • Opportunity to further develop farm management practices

Find more information on the Building WA Horticulture webpage

Project contact

Bryn Edwards
BUILDING HORTICULTURE BUSINESS CAPACITY PROGRAM MANAGER
0417 409 821
bryn.edwards@vegetableswa.com.au

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
QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR
0417 857 675
joel.dinsdale@vegetableswa.com.au

Business Extension HR/IR

The Business Extension HR & IR project was developed to provide growers with access to free support services and resources funded by vegetable growers Fee For Service contributions.

vegetablesWA will undertake:

  • Facilitated workshops in WA growing regions.
  • Create a supplier list and FAQ.
  • Create IR documents to disseminate to growers as required.
  • If a major change occurs, provide legal contact information which vegetable growers can access (at no charge).
  • Access to standard online induction resources and human resources policy documents.
Project contact

Stephen Farrell
Business Extension HR/IR
0455 833 352
stephen.farrell@vegetableswa.com.au

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 Acting CEO, Manus Stockdale.

Manus started his career at the West Australian Department of Agriculture and Food and has been working at vegetablesWA for almost 4 years

vegetablesWA has successfully undertaken advocacy for growers on a range of topics, including water, labour, biosecurity and government red tape policy.

Manus Stockdale
Acting CEO
0488 111 526
manus.stockdale@vegetableswa.com.au