The Levy System
Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) is responsible for managing industry funds and the Australian Government matches the levy dollar-for-dollar. A common misconception is that levy funds are distributed to industry representative organisations such as AUSVEG, but this is not the case.
It is the industry’s responsibility to recommend via the Vegetable and Potato Industry Advisory Committees (IACs) how funds should be invested. There are three separate IACs; two for vegetables and one each for fresh and processed potatoes. The IACs are subcommittees of the HAL board and they make recommendations to HAL about which R&D projects should be funded by the levies, in accordance with industry priorities.
AUSVEG plays an important role in the process by representing the interests of growers, however, AUSVEG’s role in the levy investment process is limited to recommending to HAL about the composition of the Vegetable and Potato Industry Advisory Committees (IAC).