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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.
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Data management and quality innovation extension program

Project Code: AV15004

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2

Completed project, with activities to now be continued through new project Avocado industry and market data capture and analysis(AV16006).

Hort Innovation contracted new project AV16006 in May to continue these activities.

Australian avocado benchmarking program development rounds II & III
Improving yield and quality in avocado through disease management – phase 2 (AV 10001)

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 4.

Avocado export readiness and market access

Project Code: AV17000

Status: New project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 4


Contracted by Hort Innovation in November, this project acknowledges that a rapid increase in avocado production in Australia has been creating a need for the industry to access and develop new markets. The project will ensure that the industry is prepared to export, that there is capacity to pursue new and improved market access, and will provide necessary support for government negotiations with intended markets.

Implementation of recommendations from the Avocado Nursery Voluntary Accreditation Scheme review
Avocado industry biosecurity capacity building
Review of national biosecurity plans
Maximising yield and reducing seasonal variation
Investigating tree mortality during early field establishment
Achieving more consistent yields of quality fruit in the Australian avocado industry
Avocado industry and market data capture and analysis
Supply chain quality improvement – cool chain best practice guidelines
Supply chain quality improvement – retailer point of purchase improvements
Supply chain quality improvement – technologies and practices to reduce bruising
Pest status and management of six-spotted mite (Eotetranychus sexmaculatus) in WA avocado orchards
Avocado industry minor use program
National avocado industry communications 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 4

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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

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads

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Contacts at Hort Innovation

Astrid Hughes
Relationship Manager

T 07 3198 6751
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Claire Tindale-Penning
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2311
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Industry representative body: Avocados Austrlaia

PO Box 8005
Woolloongabba, QLD 4102
T 07 3846 6566
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