The cultivars used commercially in Australia were recommended after verification of their performance in evaluation programs previously managed by Government agencies. Some 8-10 years has elapsed since these programs terminated and there is an opportunity for a new, industry directed, national program of genetic improvement to be implemented. A genetic improvement program for the Australian asparagus industry would also verifiy breeders claims of superior performance before new fields are planted and so avoid costly failures. This program was undertaken to evaluate promising, untested asparagus cultivars for green and white production and for fresh and processing products and markets and secure and develop market share, enhance profitability and international competitiveness.