About Growcom

Growcom serves and represents Queensland’s fruit, vegetable and nut growers. We strive for the long term growth and success of horticultural farms and the industry as a whole.

Growcom’s members include fruit, vegetable and nut producers along with individuals, organisations and companies who have an interest in the future of Queensland horticulture.

At Growcom we champion our members’ needs and provide a hub for the Queensland growing community. We are the only organisation in Australia to deliver services across the entire horticulture industry – to businesses and organisations of all commodities, sizes and regions, and across the value chain. While we are Queensland-based, we deliver national-scale projects and policy initiatives.

Growcom’s core purpose is to advocate on behalf of our industry members. We are proud to support our growers and their families and to take our industry’s needs to all levels of government and key players in the supply chain. We also deliver a range of programs, services and opportunities that help businesses and industries achieve greater success.

If you are looking for a partner or service provider in horticulture the Growcom team has the industry knowledge and expertise to help.

GROWCOM’S CORE CAPABILITIES:

SUSTAINABLE & EFFICIENT FARMING

Growers understand the importance of achieving efficient and sustainable farming operations. Growcom has a strong team of experienced staff who work with growers towards energy and water use efficiency, effective irrigation management, and optimising soil health and stability while minimising the off-farm movement of sediments, nutrients and farm chemicals.

More broadly, we strengthen government support for an industry self-management approach to environmental sustainability, and broker public and private investment in projects that deliver improved environmental outcomes.

BIOSECURITY & CHEMICAL ACCESS

Pest management and biosecurity are of critical concern in the horticulture industry. Growcom plays a key role in contributing to biosecurity policy and import risk assessments and we deliver practical services around pest management planning and chemical access. Growcom has expertise in preparing the case for and holding minor use / off-label permits for pest management products. We have a detailed understanding of the regulatory frameworks for agricultural chemical access and use, excellent networks across the government and private sectors and a strong track record in preparing submissions regarding biosecurity and chemical management. We actively support growers to apply integrated pest management approaches and to manage and use pesticides responsibly.

CLIMATE RISK MANAGEMENT & DISASTER RESILIENCE

Growcom’s expertise in climate adaptation and disaster resilience is well-recognised within industry and across both the Queensland and Federal Governments.

Our team has extensive experience in researching and delivering climate risk assessments and adaptation planning from farm business through to industry scales. We can also assist with advice on carbon farming and emissions reduction options. Growcom plays a central role in assisting horticulture growers in preparing for, recovering from, and building resilience to natural disasters and extreme weather events.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Growcom is pleased to be part of the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) initiative, funded by the Queensland Government. Our Agriculture Workforce Officers help optimise the supply of appropriately skilled and trained workers to farm businesses. We scope industry workforce development needs; help navigate options for appropriate qualifications and training; and connect employers and employees with job service providers, subsidised training and a range of relevant government programs. Our aim is to help build a workforce that underpins the productivity and profitability of the agriculture sector.

INNOVATION & AG-TECH

Technological development, innovation opportunities and digital disruption make this an exciting time to be in the horticulture game. Many growers, however, have little time to properly investigate their options or tap into the innovation grants and subsidies available through government programs.

Growcom is active in driving the uptake of ag-tech and innovation in horticulture – in the field, pack shed, regions and supply chain. Our team supports growers to pursue innovation through a robust planning process and we build connections between key players across the research, training, business, finance and investment spheres to facilitate smart solutions and new opportunities for business growth and regional development.

EXPORT READINESS

Growcom is pleased to be part of the Export Facilitator pilot project for the Australian vegetable industry, funded through Hort Innovation. The service helps growers work their way through a rigorous review process to build their export readiness. Our Export Facilitator has extensive networks across the government and private sectors and in-depth knowledge of the export process and market access opportunities for horticulture produce.

GROWCOM PRIVACY POLICY

This policy outlines the ways in which Growcom collects, uses, discloses, stores, secures, manages and disposes of your personal information.

Where the words ‘personal information’ are used in this policy, that expression means information or an opinion that is either specifically about you, or if you are not specifically identified where you are reasonably capable of being identified, irrespective as to:

  • Whether the information or opinion is true or not; and
  • Whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not.

If you have any privacy concerns please contact us:

Growcom
Manager Finance & Company Secretary
PO Box 202
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

VIEW THE GROWCOM PRIVACY POLICY

OUR OBLIGATIONS

Growcom is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)7, including the Australian Privacy Principles (APP).

THE KINDS OF PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOLD {APP 1.4 (A)}

The kinds of Personal Information we collect from you may vary depending upon the nature of the services or advice you have instructed us to provide. Generally, we will collect information regarding your name, contact details, gender, date of birth, family members and business information/details dependent on the service provided. For example, for industrial relations work, your ABN and staffing information might be collected for writing agreements where you have agreed that the work should proceed.

We may also collect and hold other pertinent information directly related to your contact with us, such as survey information which you have volunteered to give us.

HOW WE COLLECT AND HOLD YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION {APP 1.4 (B)}

We will collect the majority of your personal information from you directly. We may also however obtain your personal information from members of your family or workforce where they have been given authority to provide information on you or your business.

We do not share information about you with other agencies without your express permission unless it:

  • is necessary to provide you with a service that you have requested
  • is required or authorised by law
  • will prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to your health or those in your immediate vicinity.
HOW DO WE SAFEGUARD PERSONAL INFORMATION

We make every reasonable effort to ensure that personal information is accurate and complete. We rely on individuals to notify us if there is a change to their personal information that may affect their relationship with our organisation. If you are aware of an error in our information about you, please let us know and we will correct it on request wherever possible. In some cases we may ask for a written request for correction.

We protect personal information in a manner appropriate for the sensitivity of the information. We make every reasonable effort to prevent any loss, misuse, disclosure or modification of personal information, as well as any unauthorised access to personal information.

We use appropriate security measures when destroying personal information, including shredding paper records and permanently deleting electronic records.

We retain personal information only as long as is reasonable to fulfil the purposes for which the information was collected or for legal or business purposes.

YOUR CHOICES

You may request access to personal information about you that we hold. We encourage you to contact us about your personal information if you find that it is not accurate or complete.

You may opt out of any further contact from us.

To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, we will need evidence of your identity before we can grant you access to information about you or change it.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Growcom strives to create safe, honest and informative communities in an environment that respects the opinions and values of all visitors. We encourage you to engage with us on our social media sites and we will join the conversation where possible. Whilst we welcome debate and acknowledge criticism, trolling and abuse will not be tolerated. Comments will be removed if considered offensive, harassing, threatening, unlawful or deemed spam-like in nature.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use the Growcom website. The information we obtain from Google Analytics helps us understand user needs so that we can offer a better user-experience.

Google Analytics uses cookies to collect information about which pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got there (for example from a search engine, a link, an advertisement etc.) and what you select. Information collected by the cookies (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.