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End of year message from the Chairperson

Although 2020 has been a year like no other, the industry must be commended for its resilience and continued ability to adapt and deliver, in the face of adversity.

Like most businesses across Australia Freshcare has not been immune from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked to provide practical alternatives and adjustments to ensure participating businesses could continue operations and maintain their certification despite the disruption to supply chains, air travel and border closures that impacted the availability of auditors.

2020 also marked the twentieth anniversary of Freshcare’s establishment. Freshcare would not be the organisation it is today without the significant efforts of the Freshcare team – past and present. The team’s focus on ensuring our standards meet not just the needs of businesses today to deliver safe, quality, sustainable Australian produce but to ensure those standards continue to be relevant in to the future. Without the contribution of the Freshcare team and a number of key people across the industry, the Freshcare program would not be the success it is today.

Freshcare is an example of what can be achieved when as an industry we come together to achieve a common goal. As an organisation Freshcare exists only to ensure that our participating businesses can continue to demonstrate their capacity to grow, pack and distribute what is recognised globally as some of the highest quality produce in the world.

As the custodian of Australia’s most widely used standards across the horticulture and viticulture sectors, we have an obligation to position Freshcare for a sustainable future. This means ensuring as an organisation that we have the right corporate structure and the financial capacity to continue to deliver in the long term.

To assist with these goals, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Siebum as Freshcare’s CEO joining the Freshcare team in January 2021.

Jane brings a wealth of non-profit experience to the organisation, and joins Freshcare having recently wrapped up her role as CEO of Scouts NSW. Jane’s experience extends to technology transformation projects at major Australian Businesses, and also includes time as the President of Bowen Pastoral Agricultural Association along with a range of voluntary roles as a non-executive director and committee member at other non-profits.

I’d like to thank Yvonne Diab for her work as Interim CEO over the first 9 months of 2020 and wish her well for future roles.

As 2020 draws to a close, we wish you and your families health and happiness for the festive season, and look forward to a substantially less complex and challenging year in 2021.

Allan Dall,
Freshcare Ltd.

As of 1 December 2020, minimum practice agricultural standards apply for banana growing in the Wet Tropics.

The Reef Protection Regulations established by the Queensland Government to protect the Great Barrier Reef, apply to all banana producers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsunday, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions.

Freshcare and the Australian Banana Growers’ Council have been working with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and the Office of Great Barrier Reef (Department) to gain accreditation of the Freshcare Environmental Program under Part 5A of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) for agricultural environmentally relevant activities for commercial banana cultivation.

This accreditation is sought to ensure that Freshcare Environmental certified participants are recognised for the systems they already have in place that are verified by third-party audits; therefore making them a lower priority for compliance activities undertaken by the Department.

As an accredited program, Freshcare Environmental (ENV3) audits for Banana producers in the specified regions will undertake to verify that application rates and record keeping requirements in accordance with the regulations are in place, in alignment with the ENV3 requirements and compliance criteria.

Banana producers have access to a number of support resources and tools developed by Government and Industry to assist them in demonstrating their requirements. Freshcare have complied the relevant freely available resources here:

For more information or assistance, contact the Australian Banana Growers’ Council, Best Management Practice Coordinator - Amelia Foster
E: or M: 0437 241 687

FSANZ - Targeted Consultation Survey

Primary Production and Processing Requirements for Horticulture (Berries, Leafy vegetables and Melons)

To inform the work on primary production and processing requirements for horticulture, FSANZ are inviting participation from relevant stakeholders in a survey to learn more about specific business operations, in particular:

  • primary production and processing of berries, leafy vegetables and melons

  • food safety culture

  • impacts of COVID-19.

FSANZ request submissions be received by 5pm AEDT on Sunday 17 January 2021.

To participate in the survey click here.

For further information visit: FSANZ Proposal P1052 – PPP Requirements for Horticulture (Berries, Leafy Vegetables and Melons).

HARPS Version 2.0 is now available for public consultation, until Friday 15th January 2021.

Want to have your say?

Download a copy of HARPS Version 2.0 Standard, Guidance Document and Version 1.0 and Version 2.0 Changes from the HARPS website:

Complete the Version 2.0 Comments Form by Friday 15 January 2021 and send it to:

Freshcare links and resources

Infographic: Freshcare Standards’ Format Explained
Download: FSQ4.2 Standard, FAQs and Resources
Download: AWISSP Standards, FAQs and Resources
Search and Register: Freshcare Recognised Suppliers

The Freshcare Office will be closed from
4.30 pm Wednesday 23rd December 2020 until
8.30 am Monday 4th January 2021.

Urgent enquiries during this period can be emailed to

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