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Become the avocado industry representative to attend trade events managed by Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation is calling on Australian avocado levy payers, people working for avocado levy paying businesses or those involved in the avocado industry to become the industry representative at trade events managed by Hort Innovation. If you believe you are an ideal candidate for this role, we would love to hear from you and ask you to apply by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). Information and apply

Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink


New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the avocado industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.
If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.

Australian avocado benchmarking program development rounds II & III

Project Code: AV13003

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink Spring

This project was a continuation of the original Australian avocado benchmarking program development project. Its goal was to further the development of an industry database and benchmarking process to enable growers to identify and strive for Australian best practice in production, packing and marketing of avocados.

It involved the collection of data from 82 individual grower businesses over four consecutive financial years, the analysis of this data in each of the four years, the provision of individual personalised reports to participating growers each year, and the dissemination of aggregated high-level project findings to the industry at large.

Avocado industry and market data capture and analysis

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D projects can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

Supply chain quality improvement – technologies and practices to reduce bruising

Project Code: AV15009

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2


Beginning in 2016, this project is tackling the key issue of avocado bruising at the end of the supply chain, at both the retail and household level – where previous research suggests the majority of bruising occurs.


The project is:

  • Developing and testing technologies to reduce handling by retailers and consumers, including tools for identifying ripeness
  • Documenting best practice to prevent fruit bruising at the retail level, producing information materials for use in retail education
  • Investigating any relationship between disease and flesh bruising
  • Reviewing and documenting contributing factors to fruit susceptibility to bruising.


With bruising affecting consumer decisions to repurchase, the ultimate goal is to improve consumer and retailer satisfaction, strengthening consumption of and demand for avocados.

Supply chain quality improvement – cool chain best practice guidelines
Supply chain quality improvement – retailer point of purchase improvements
Avocado industry and market data capture and analysis
Investigating tree mortality during early field establishment
Pest status and management of six-spotted mite (Eotetranychus sexmaculatus) in WA avocado orchards
National avocado industry communications program
Achieving more consistent yields of quality fruit in the Australian avocado industry
Avocado industry minor use program
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the avocado page of read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2

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Avocado Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021

Avocado SIP at a glance

Avocado SIP

The avocado Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) will help guide Hort Innovation’s oversight and management of investment programs for the avocado industry over the next five years. It lays the foundation for decision-making in levy investments and represents the balanced interests of the industry. The very important function of the SIP is to ensure levy investment decisions align with industry priorities.

The SIP was developed through a process of consultation, drafting, validation, stakeholder feedback as well as final approval by Hort Innovation’s Board. The process involved consultation meetings (detailed below) and online validation, giving avocado growers opportunity to provide input and feedback.

If you have any questions about the development process of the SIP, please contact Hort Innovation's avocado Relationship Manager, Astrid Hughes, by phone on 07 3198 6759 or by

Completed consultation workshops

Industry Location Timing
Avocado Pemberton, WA August 31, 2016
Avocado Mareeba, QLD September 16, 2016
Avocado Brisbane, QLD October 13, 2016
Avocado Brisbane, QLD December 12, 2016
Avocado Brisbane, QLD February 21, 2017
Avocado Brisbane, QLD July 31, 2017

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the avocado industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads

Read articles on the avocado industry


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Astrid Hughes
Relationship Manager

T 07 3198 6751
Send an email

Claire Tindale-Penning
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2311
Send an email

Industry representative body: Avocados Austrlaia

PO Box 8005
Woolloongabba, QLD 4102
T 07 3846 6566
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