This Week in the Market – 17 October 2023

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In this week’s Market News:

– Offensive Material
– Vehicle Registration Fee Reduction
– Importance of Headlights

Market News

Offensive material within the market

Displaying offensive material around the market or on equipment is considered an act of bullying and harassment.

Images or words that may be funny to some may be offensive to others. Before putting anything up, think twice about how it could impact other market users as we work together to create a Melbourne Market where everyone feels included and welcomed.

Offensive material includes but is not limited to:
– pornographic imagery
– stickers or graffiti that feature vulgar language
– hateful or racist propaganda

If you see offensive material displayed in the Melbourne Market, ask for it to be removed, report it to an MRO or contact or 0448 413 098.

Visit the Stronger Together website for further information and support.

Vehicle Registration Fee Reduction

To assist Market users in ensuring all vehicles meet safety standards, the MMA is reducing the annual Market Vehicle Registration Renewal Fee. From Wednesday, 1 November, the renewal fee will be reduced to $20.

Registering your market vehicle with the MMA and VicRoads is essential in ensuring safe and compliant vehicles. This reduction in cost aims to help reduce any financial barriers in ensuring vehicles are registered.

To renew the registration of an existing vehicle, please follow the below steps. You will be notified when your vehicle is due for renewal on your monthly statement the month prior to its expiry date. This is the same date as the VicRoads expiry date.

Market Closure Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Market and National Flower Centre will be closed on Melbourne Cup Day. Tuesday 7 November.

If your parking permit only allows access this public holiday, and you would like to come to the Market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the Market. However, please note that your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.

Australian Macadamias are giving you the chance to win a $1000 Visa Gift Card!

Australian Macadamias have partnered with A better choice! to help encourage Aussie shoppers to purchase more Macadamias. A better choice! merchandisers have been visiting stores to provide merchandise and POS collateral with posters and recipe cards to encourage more shoppers to choose Australian Macadamias in-store.

Winners will be announced on 30 November. Click the image for full terms and conditions.

Win a Holiday to Thailand thanks to Broccolini®!

A better choice! has partnered with Perfection Fresh Australia to promote Broccolini® to Aussie shoppers purchasing their fruit and vegetables from local fruit and veg shops. As a thank you for being involved in the promotion and setting up a Broccolini® display, we’re giving retailers the chance to win a holiday to Thailand!There are two ways to enter, for a total of six chances to go in the running to win!

  • Take a picture with your A better choice! merchandiser with the Broccolini® selfie frame to score one entry for your store.
  • Set up a Broccolini® display in your store with the Broccolini® merchandise provided, and upload it to your store’s social media pages. Tag @abetterchoiceaus @perfectionfreshaus and use the hashtag #shopforbroccolini to be in the running and score an extra five entries!*

Winners will be announced on 10 November!

Importance of Headlights

As per the Operating Rules, headlights must be on while a forklift is in operation. Headlights are essential for maintaining a safe operating environment within the market. Without headlights, your forklift may not be visible to pedestrians and other vehicle operators, which puts you and other market users in a vulnerable position.

When operating a forklift, please remember the Forklift Safety Checklist:

  1. Buckle Up: Restraints must be worn at all times
  2. Ensure Headlights are on: Lights need to be turned on when forklift is in operation
  3. Eliminate Distractions: You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times, so no mobile phone operations (including calls or texts) and no headphones
  4. Take Care When Reversing: Be aware of your blind spot and look out for pedestrians and other vehicles

Fair & Ethical Sourcing Conference

On Friday, 20 October, industry experts, growers, workplace relations specialists, and peak industry bodies will come together in one place to discuss ethical sourcing within Australian horticulture.

The conference will centre around the following topics :

  • Work Health and Safety in Agriculture
  • Upcoming changes and reforms to the PALM Scheme
  • Fair Work Compliance – Direct Employees and Labour Hire Employees
  • ESG & Ethical Sourcing programs
  • Challenges and solutions in Ethical Sourcing
  • Case studies on successful practices
  • Modern Slavery Act and its’ implications on your business in the Australian Horticulture Industry

This event will serve as a meeting place for genuine discussion, networking and questions for leading industry members.

The Conference runs from 9.00am – 4.30pm at Cargo Hall (Southbank). Fair Farms has extended a discount to Market Users: FF25OFF2023. To purchase tickets, please visit here.

Industry News

Australia’s fresh produce industry en route to Vietnam to celebrate growing trade

A delegation of Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable producers is travelling to Vietnam to celebrate the thriving two-way trading relationship between Australia and Vietnam with local industry.

Click here to read more.

Melbourne Market Job Board and Community Notices

Mildura Fresh – Administration & Cashier

  • 3am – 9am, Monday – Friday
  • $30-$32p/h
  • Good communication, computer skills and numeracy skills
  • Xero knowledge is preferred but not required
  • Training will be provided

Responsibilities include 

  • Receiving payments from our customers (cash, cheques & EFTPOS)
  • Reconciling till
  • Entering stock received on EzyTouch
  • Applying EFT payments

For further information or to apply, please email

Mumford Wholesalers – Various Positions


  • Immediate starts will be available for the right candidates
  • Forklift experience is preferred
  • Market experience is preferred but not essential


  • Mon – Sat 6.00am starts
  • Immediate starts will be available for the right candidates
  • Forklift experience is required for this role
  • Market experience is preferred but not essential
  • Basic Computer skills required

If you want to join our team, please email your resume and interest to OR contact 0409 536 727. 

Great Australian Mushroom Co – Part-time Bookkeeper

Monday – Friday, 6:00am starts.

For further information, please contact Wes 0433 889 929 or Jeremy 0433 759 833.

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
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