About us

Hort Innovation’s primary function is creating value for horticulture growers and those across the horticulture supply chain.

Through investment in R&D and marketing, Hort Innovation works to improve productivity, farm gate profitability and global competitiveness of Australian horticultural industries.

Hort Innovation is the link between the needs of industry, the capabilities of science, and the potential of marketing.

Hort Innovation is funded by grower levies and Australian Government contributions, as well other industry contributions and co-investment. Hort Innovation is owned by growers, the investments made are on behalf of their levy industries.

Investment decisions are prioritised by the current needs highlighted by each horticulture levy industry. To gain the necessary insight from industry, Hort Innovation undertakes widespread consultation with growers and through the Strategic Investment Advisory Panels, made up of panelists representing the levy industry. Priorities for investment can be found in each industry’s Strategic Investment Plan.

Hort Innovation oversees and manages projects with delivery partners who have proven experience and the capability to meet our required outcomes.

Hort Innovation’s Strategic Plan

Hort Innovation’s Strategic Plan is the roadmap that enables the organisation to guide, deliver and track it’s direction and investment.

Most importantly, the Strategic Plan gives stakeholders transparency and certainty that our activity is consistently geared to delivering on investments.

Please take the time to read through the Strategic Plan that guides your grower-owned organisation.

Find out who we are and what we do in our 2-minute video below, About Hort Innovation.

How Hort Innovation harvests innovation

Hort Innovation invests in R&D and marketing programs to provide benefit to Australian horticulture growers, the wider horticulture sector and the community.

In this short video, learn how an idea is submitted and what happens to take it through to a realised investment.


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.


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.