About us

Hort Innovation’s Strategic Plan

Hort Innovation’s Strategic Plan has been finalised. It is the roadmap that enables the organisation to guide, deliver and track our direction and investment as we grow the future of Australian horticulture.

Most importantly, the Plan gives our stakeholders the transparency and certainty that we always have our eye on the prize, our activity is consistently geared to delivering on our investments, whilst communicating and listening to stakeholders in an environment of continuous improvement.

Please take the time to read through the Plan that will guide your grower-owned organisation. Thanks once again to the growers, industry and partners that helped shape the Plan.

For a snapshot of who we are and what we do, you can watch the 2-minute, introductory motion graphic to the Strategic Plan, Breaking New Ground.


Our purpose

Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (Hort Innovation) is a not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development (R&D) and marketing company for Australia’s $9 billion horticulture Industry.

Hort Innovation invests more than $100 million in R&D and marketing programs annually.

While the investment decisions we make are deliberate, considered and evidence-based, innovation sits at the heart of what we do to make big gains.

Our goal is to grow the future of Australia’s fruit, vegetable, nut, plant and tree industries. Our job is to help growers increase their productivity and profitability.

And our doors are open for business.


Rural Research and Development Corporation

Hort Innovation is one of the nation’s 15 Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs). Together, these RDCs form a network that supports primary producers through effective research, development and extension, delivering substantial benefit at the traditional farm gate, and across the economy and society equally.

For more than two decades, the success of the agricultural and rural sectors has been supported by the work of the RDCs.

Strategic, targeted and regionally relevant research and development delivers real benefits.

For more information on the RDCs, go to the  Rural R&D Corporations website


Our Constitution

Hort Innovation’s Constitution outlines the company’s priorities as the new representative body for Australian horticulture:

  • Provide leadership to, and to promote the development of, the Australian horticulture industry
  • Increase the productivity, farm gate profitability and global competitiveness of the horticultural industries by the strategic allocation and investment of levies, Commonwealth contributions, producer contributions and monies received from investors in research, development, extension and marketing funds, programmes and services
  • Support capacity building by maintaining a diverse range of research, development, extension and marketing services providers
  • Promote and further the interests of Australian horticultural industries overseas in relation to the export, sale, distribution and consumption in countries other than Australia
  • Be accountable to levy payers, producer contribution payers, investors and the Australian Government for the company’s use of levies, producer contributions and payments from investors
  • Engage in any other activities for the benefit of members, levy payers, producer contribution payers, Australian horticultural industries, co-investors and the Australian community generally.