Plant Health Australia (PHA) have now released the 2013 edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report, which was launched at the PHA General Meeting in May.
This edition provides a comprehensive overview of the plant biosecurity system that protects Austrialia's economy, environment and community from the negative effects of plant pests. This fully updated edition provided information on over 650 plant biosecurity research projects that were carried out by Australian research organisations in 2013.
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Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) is the Research and Development Corporation (RDC) which manages the R&D and Marketing levies collected from growers. The levies payable by producers are determined by a vote of levy payers. Levies are collected by the Levies Revenue Service from horticulture producers as either compulsory or voluntary levies.
Peak Industry Bodies (PIBs) for industries with compulsory levies are formally recognized by the Minister for Agriculture as “Prescribed” Industry Bodies. Prescribed Industries Bodies are A Class members of HAL. The PIBs for industries with voluntary levies are B Class members of HAL. HAL is owned by these members.
The Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel have announced their decision for the Annual Wage Review 2013–14. They determined that a 3 per cent increase in modern award minimum wages will apply from 1 July 2014.
This means that the Level 1 award wage for horticultural permanent workers will be $640.90 per week or $16.87 per hour . These rates apply from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July. Click here to go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website for more information.
From 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increases to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applies for the 2013/2014 year). This incease is comes into affect at the first pay date on or after 1 July 2014.
HAL MEDIA RELEASE
Please see attached the media release sent out today from HAL indicating a key change to occur to the organisation from being Member based to grower based.
This will take about 12 – 15 months to transition too. Further information will be forthcoming on what this will mean for Peak Industry Bodies like CGA .
A range of other recommendations from the ACIL ALLEN review will be worked on by the members of HAL over the next 6 months and a full transition plan will be put in place.