Steve Burdette

Executive Oficer,
Approved Employers of Australia

Senior executive with a strong background in agribusiness, ranging from field packing, logistics and marketing to commercialising intellectual property rights, restructuring/mergers and developing extensive national and international contacts and relationships. Expert in all aspects of horticultural supply chain; from orchard development (including drought mitigation strategies and environmental sustainability) through to market.

Pragmatic experience is complimented by extensive knowledge in R&D tax, chairing a number of national and regional committees including Biosecurity, Fruit Fly, Variety and Rootstock leadership and seasonal worker programs. Founded two variety commercialisation companies and formed grower clubs in order to maximise the returns and market opportunities. Author and co-author of a number of technical publications.

Participated in the Seasonal Worker Programme since the pilot was introduced in 2012. Extensive knowledge and experience was gained between 2012 and 2018 in the recruitment, selection, administration and welfare and wellbeing of up to 200+ workers from the Pacific. Key driver in the formation of the Approved Employers of Australia Ltd and chaired the Association between 2019 and 2021 and Executive Officer from May 2021 to date.

Speaker Sessions

June 07, 2023

Growing and Farming: Navigating the new workplace

Riverbank Rooms 6-8

1400 - 1440