This Week In The Market – 5 October 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Second Pfizer doses, 1 week to go
– LPG fob replacement
– Undercover canopy parking re-allocations

Market News
Melbourne Market second dose vaccination hub

The Melbourne Market Vaccination hub is just around the corner. 

Austin Health will be onsite next week, with the Vaccination Hub to operate each morning from 5am – 12pm from Monday 11 October to Friday 15 October.

Please read our FAQs below and if you have further questions, please send them through to

If vaccination becomes mandatory for entry to the market what will be the lead time given for those that aren’t vaccinated to get vaccinated and will they have to be double vaccinated?

As communicated last week, the Victorian Government have announced that all authorised workers require their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday, 15 October to continue working. In addition, they will need to be fully vaccinated by 26 November.

The Melbourne Market is essential in the fresh produce and flower supply chain, and as such, the people who work at and buy from the market are considered authorised workers. This public health order therefore applies to all Melbourne Market access cardholders, including contractors and visitors. 

The MMA are still working through the finer details on how we will collect the vaccination status of market users based on Chief Health Officer directions. We will provide further details in the coming days.

I have received my first Pfizer dose; however, it wasn’t at the market vaccination hub. Am I able to get my second dose when the hub returns? 
If you are a market access card holder, you are eligible to receive your second dose at the upcoming vaccination hub, regardless of where you received your first dose. 

Can market access card holders receive their first dose at the hub?
With limited doses available per day and nursing resources limited, priority will be given to those receiving their second dose. There may be an opportunity to receive your first dose at the hub if demand quietens, however, this is not guaranteed. We would highly recommend those looking to secure their first vaccination do so at one of the state-run vaccination hubs. You can make a booking here

Does it matter when you had your first Pfizer dose? 
The second dose of Pfizer is effective when administered at least 21 days after the first dose.

Can the Vaccination Hub open earlier?
Unfortunately, Austin Health only have scope to operate the hub between 5 am – 12 pm for five days. 

Can I bring in non-market staff (e.g. retail staff) for their second vaccination? 
As the hub will be operating for a shorter period and with doses in high demand, the vaccination hub will most likely only be open to access card holders. Any person who received their first vaccination at the Melbourne Market can book in for their second Pfizer dose at any state-run clinic. 

LPG fob replacement
The MMA is upgrading the LPG North Station point of sale system. Upgrade works will happen on 14 October and 18 October. As part of the upgrade, the old fobs will need to be replaced.

Amanda Flannery will be on hand to distribute the new fobs on the below dates;
12 October 5am – 8am
13 October 5am – 8am
19 October 5am – 8am
Please collect new fobs from Amanda who will be located at EFS1, highlighted below. 


Fobs will not be distributed to anyone other than Business Owner/Director or Nominee. Proof of identity (either access card or drivers licence) must be provided and signing of a Collection Acknowledgement form will be required. Information on the timeline of installation will be provided at collection.

If you have any questions please send them through to

Undercover canopy parking re-allocations
The last of the undercover parking canopy structures are almost complete, and because of this, we will now be looking to finalise permanent parking in the new covered bays. The undercover parking canopies have the added benefit of generating clean energy, however, their primary purpose is to provide market buyers with protection from the elements to ensure the produce they are buying remains great quality. Because of this, parking bays under the canopies will be prioritised for fruit and veg buyers.

The MMA will commence reallocating the parking bays under the canopies to buyers between streets 2 & 3 and 6 & 7 first.


If you are currently positioned under the new canopies and are not a buyer, you will be asked to relocate to new bays on the other side of forklift highway. 

The MMA has begun reaching out to individual businesses to discuss the new parking arrangements, including fees, and have provided the required ‘Parking Re-allocation’ paperwork to be signed by the business owner/director or nominee and returned to Customer Service.

A better choice! Youth Sport Initiative 
The next A better choice! campaign has officially launched! Please register here to participate and collect your point-of-sale pack TODAY! Packs can be picked up from the Customer Service Centre or Gate 1, any morning. All packs must be signed for. There are only a limited number of packs available, so be quick or you will miss out!

For more information on the campaign, be sure to check out the video below. A better choice! Youth Sports Initiative

Save even more on already discounted fuel prices

Customers with an ABN can save even more off fuel at Melbourne Market! For the first time, United is offering an ongoing 4 cent per litre discount off the already super low pump prices for any new business customer that opens a United Fuel Card account prior to the end of October.

To find out more about this great offer scan the QR code to the left or call United Petroleum on 1300 383 587. 

The United Petroleum service station is located right here in the market by Gate 2, this purpose-built large transport site features both Hi-Flo Diesel and Ad-Blue, is open 24 hours and accepts EFT-POS, all major Credit Cards and United Fuel Cards.

Office space available 

Prime office space is available to lease in the main administration building at the Melbourne Market.

The unique space is close to the Gate 1 main entrance, has glass frontage and offers exposure to both the internal market community as well as having public access. 

The space available is 76 square metres in size with shared kitchen and amenities, secure access pass entry and visitor car parking. 

Do you know a business whose offering would appeal to market users? If so, please call us to discuss the possibilities on 9258 6100 or email

Try for 5 is coming October 10-17


Held during National Nutrition Week, Try for 5 is an unique collaboration between Nutrition Australia, vegetable growers and health-focused organisations to help Australians get more vegetables in their day. Try for 5 inspires all Australians to eat more vegetables and you can help celebrate the campaign by sharing with your customers. 

You can download the supporter kit here. This includes social and web content including images to share. 

For further information, visit Try for 5

Industry News
Agriculture training review
TAFEs, training organisations, students, farmers, industry groups and others involved in agriculture have begun a consultation process on what training is required to keep the industry moving forward as part of the Future of Agriculture Training in Victoria Review.

Read more on The Wimmera Mail-Times. Victoria is investing in on-farm sustainability and reducing energy costsMeredith Dairy, a family run business in western Victoria, is one of several businesses benefitting from the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP), which is helping farmers to save on energy costs and reduce their on-farm emissions. The AEIP offers grants up to $250,000 to install infrastructure and technology that will make farms more competitive and protect local jobs. 

Read more on Food & Beverage.

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.
Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. 

Are you a Fruiterer or a Foodie?
We are seeking enthusiastic full-time Drivers and Pickers to join our lively team in Dandenong South.
You will either pick and pack customer orders with great care and precision or deliver fresh produce to our customers in the hospitality industry whilst providing exceptional customer care.
You will need strong product knowledge and experience in a relevant industry and/or role.
We are also seeking Baristas in Mentone and Retail Assistants in Sorrento.
For more information on any of these roles or to apply, please visit
Come and join one of Melbourne’s most respected and growing food merchants and work for a company that cares about its people.

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