Livestock

Wool stakeholders to have their say

By Country News

Wool industry stakeholders will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas to improve the WoolPoll voting mechanism.

The Department of Agriculture launched the WoolPoll Review on Wednesday, April 29, inviting wool growers to have their say.

WoolPoll is the three-yearly vote of all wool levy payers, conducted by Australian Wool Innovation, to decide the levy rate for investment by AWI in research, development and marketing.

The review of WoolPoll will ensure it remains an appropriate and contemporary process that determines what wool levy payers want their levy rate to be.

The wool levy raises about $60 million to be spent on wool industry research and development, marketing and other services each year.

A review of AWI’s performance and governance in 2018 identified opportunities to improve the way WoolPoll operates, and recommended an independent assessment of the WoolPoll mechanism.

The submissions period will be open until Friday, May 29 and will be followed by targeted virtual consultation conducted by the department in May and June.

The final report on the review is expected to be released later this year.

To contribute to the WoolPoll Review discussion paper, visit: haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/woolpoll-review