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.
Cherry Growers Australia, Horticulture Australia Limited and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture are working together using levy funded project to run some workshops on Little Cherry Virus 2 in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New south Wales. A world expert on LCV2:
Dr Kenneth C. Eastwell, Plant Pathologist / Director, Clean Plant Center Northwest College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University IAREC, Prosser, is travelling from the USA from 20 May to 2 June 2014 to present at the Fruit Growers Tasmania conference from 22 to 25 May and take part in workshops in other States. A workshop will be held in the Yarra Valley at Landmark George St, Wandin Nrth on 29 May 2014 from 10 am - 2.00 pm.
See below to download the Workshop Flyer.
Please look at the HAL Review, not necessarily all 315 pages but the Recommendation and the Executive Summary.
The Federal Minister is very supportive of the Review and its recs and HAL board and its 43 members have 3 months to comment and look to a way forward.
Any feedback would be good, as the CGA board will be discussing this on its meeting on 2 June as it could have implications for CGA operations and also other commodity bodies in the temperate fruit industry into the future.
A NEW pest-free protocol in the Yarra Valley will boost domestic exports for berry and cherry growers. In a breakthrough for the region’s growers Yarra Valley berries and cherries can now access interstate markets without fruit-fly treatment.
The protocol came into effect in late January and the first fruit was sent to South Australia in early February. Read more of this Weekly Times article.