Update on the Review of Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL)

HALThe final report of ACIL Allen Consulting’s independent review of Horticulture Australia Limited and the horticulture levy system was provided to the HAL board and Commonwealth Government on 6 May 2014. This report followed extensive consultation with key stakeholders ranging from growers, peak industry bodies, research and development service providers and the government. Written submission including NGIAs position on the review can be found HERE.

The final report detailed 9 recommendations covering a variety of issues in relation to horticultural levies. This report can be viewed HERE.

The first recommendation called for a change in the structure of HAL moving from the current model of Peak Industry Body membership to a grower owned Research Development Corporation (RDC). A collaborative meeting in Melbourne on 28 May 2014 between HAL representatives and Peak Industry Bodies agreed to transition HAL to a grower owned RDC.

HAL Chairman Selwyn Snell said he was extremely pleased with the outcome of the meeting and was looking forward to working with Members, growers and other key stakeholders on the transition process. “Following a series of discussions, we were pleased to reach strong agreement on a united and collaborative approach to move to the next stage towards HAL becoming a grower owned body,” Mr Snell said. HAL will continue to work collaboratively with its members over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition to a grower owned entity.

The remaining 8 recommendations discussed in the ACIL Allen Consulting’s independent review of Horticulture Australia Limited are:

  • Industry Advisory Committees (IAC) will be disbanded and replaced with new forms of independent advice.
  • Rationalise and strengthen strategic planning for RDE
  • Streamline HAL’s industry liaison and RDE service units
  • Improve procurement, management and reporting
  • Change the administration of marketing levies
  • Improved direct communication with growers
  • Improved transparency and efficiency of levy collection is required
  • Improved accountabilities and processes

These recommendations will be considered closely by HAL and key stakeholders during the transition to a grower owned RDC.

For more information, please contact NGIA CEO Mr Robert Prince on robert.prince@ngia.com.au or 02 8861 5107.