Support for 1.5% levy
Woolgrowers have voted for a 1.5 per cent levy rate on their gross wool sale proceeds to fund research and marketing services to the Australian wool industry.
Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said this was the outcome of an independent process, WoolPoll 2018, where growers decided how much funding Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) would receive for the next three years.
‘‘I respect and support woolgrowers’ democratic right to choose the levy rate they wish to devote to research and marketing,’’ Mr Littleproud said.
‘‘WoolPoll 2018 was growers’ opportunity to choose how much funding AWI will receive for the next three years.
‘‘It is now up to AWI to work with their allocated budget and deliver the best possible research and marketing services to take the Australian wool industry forward.
‘‘Link Market Services conducted WoolPoll 2018 completely independent of government, and undertook its own due diligence and verification.
‘‘The WoolPoll Panel is satisfied with the process.
‘‘I am yet to receive AWI’s formal submission, but expect to change the regulations to enable the 1.5 per cent levy rate to take effect from July 1, 2019.’’