APC Avocado Producers Committee

The APC Avocado Producers’ Committee was established in 1995. The Committee covers all Western Australian avocado producers, except avocado producers in the Carnarvon irrigation area.

Committee Membership

The Committee consists of three members who represent the main avocado growing areas near Perth and Manjimup-Pemberton area.

Committee members are appointed for a three year period with terms commencing in June and ending in May of the relevant year.  Members may apply for re-appointment once their period of tenure has expired.

When positions become vacant the Commission calls for applications from growers who might be interested in applying for membership on the Committee.  This is done by placing advertisements in statewide newspapers, on the APC website and in relevant industry newsletters. Should you have an interest in applying, please contact the Commission at APCManager@dpird.wa.gov.au and your name will be placed on a register of interested persons.

In line with good Committee governance the Committee strives to achieve a balanced Board, with members possessing experience in a range of areas.

  • Member | Terms | Email / Phone
  • Stewart Ipsen | 1 June 2018 - 31 May 2021 | stewartipsen@bigpond.com
  • Alan Blight | 1 June 2018 - 31 May 2021 | avowest@bigpond.com
  • Ken Gwynne | 1 June 2018 - 31 May 2021 | kkgwynne@skymesh.com.au
  • All terms are three years commencing in June (unless otherwise stated)


The Committee is enabled to provide services (a) to (k) as listed in  functions Section 12.1 of the APC Act.

Services undertaken by the Committee

Services provided by the Committee have included market inspection, pest monitoring, promotion, research and technology transfer.  Although the Committee is not currently collecting FFS, residual funds in the Committee are being used in 2017 to fund a thrip research project and in 2016 support was provided for the eradication of Queensland fruit fly in the Alfred Cove outbreak.

A report on Committee initiatives can be found in the APC Annual Report.

Fee for Service (FFS) Rate

As of 1 July 2010, and as the result of industry consultation, the Fee for Service for the avocado industry is currently set at:
$0.00 per kilogram.

Fee for Service Returns are remitted electronically in a Microsoft Excel Return Form.


When FFS is being collected, collection of the WA avocado industry Fee for Service is regulated by the Agricultural Produce (Horticultural Industry) Regulations 2001.

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