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Fund management

At Hort Innovation it’s our job to work with industry to invest the fresh potato levy and Australian Government contributions into initiatives to help industrys be as productive and profitable as possible, through the Hort Innovation Potato – Fresh Fund

What is the fresh potato levy?

The grower-raised statutory R&D levy on unprocessed potatoes is set at 48 cents per tonne.

This levy is collected by the Australian Government and then entrusted to Hort Innovation. It is then Hort Innovation’s responsibility to work with industry to invest the levy, together with Australian Government funds, into strategic R&D initiatives.

You can find full details on the levy rate, plus information on how to lodge a return and make a payment with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, on the government website here.

Where do investment ideas come from?

Great investments start with great ideas, and Hort Innovation encourages all growers and other industry participants to share their thoughts and suggestions for the work they want to see.

Ideas can be submitted any time via Hort Innovation’s investment idea form.

How are levy decisions made?

Investments specific to the Hort Innovation Potato – Fresh Fund are guided by the industry’s Strategic Investment Plan (SIP). The SIP was developed through close consultation with growers and other industry stakeholders, and outlines key industry priorities for investment.

The SIP document is used like a ‘roadmap’ by the fresh potato Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP), which is a panel made up of growers and other industry representatives that has a key role to play in the investment process.

The SIAP discusses investment ideas at consultation meetings, with the SIP guiding them, in order to provide advice to Hort Innovation on potential levy investments. Details of the SIAP panellists and summaries of the SIAP’s meetings can be found further down this page.

What happens next?

The SIAP’s advice is used by Hort Innovation to work suitable ideas into project proposals. The proposals are then made public for potential delivery partners to submit responses. Current opportunities are always listed on the Partnership opportunities page, in the delivery partners section of this website.

At the end of the process the responses are assessed, often with the assistance of industry, and the best delivery partner for the work is chosen. A contract is then issued and the work begins.

How can I keep track of investments?

Investments in the Hort Innovation Potato – Fresh Fund are detailed in the Your investments page of this Potato – Fresh Fund section of Hort Innovation’s website. Resources that are produced by the projects – such as fact sheets and guides – are also available through the Research reports and more page.

Hort Innovation also sends alerts about project updates to its members. Paying a levy doesn’t automatically make you a Hort Innovation member, but signing up is free here.

Financial documents

Financial operating statement
July to December 2019/20

Potato – Fresh Fund consultation

To gain industry insights for strategic levy investments for the Hort Innovation Potato – Fresh Fund, we consult with growers through the fund's Strategic Investment Advisory Panel

The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP) has two main objectives: to give transparent and robust investment advice; and to ensure investments align to industry priorities by aligning investments to the fund's Strategic Investment Plan. 

Originally the potato industry had two SIAPs aligned to Potato – Fresh and Potato – Processing. In 2019, Hort Innovation amalgamated both panels in order to streamline the advice process. 

See below the SIAP meetings with summaries and the panellists of the combined SIAP.

 

Panel meetings and summaries

Meeting

Date

Location

Summary

1

August 26, 2016

Sydney, NSW

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2

March 7, 2017

Sydney, NSW

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3

July 27, 2017

Melbourne, VIC

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4

January 17 and 18, 2018

Sydney, NSW

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5

June 26 and 27, 2018

Melbourne, VIC

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6

July 9, 2020

Teleconference

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The panel 

Name

Organisation

Location

Tim Heysen

Heysen Partners

SA

Pennie Patane

Patane Produce

WA

Ben Dowling

Dowling AgriTech

SA

Daryl Lohrey

Lohrey Pastoral

TAS

Ian Simpson

The Mitolo Group

SA

John Creswell

Creswell Holdings

TAS

Jo Tubb

Simplot Australia

TAS

Josh Opas

McCain Foods (Aust)

VIC

Brett Pemberton

Pepsi-Co

NSW

Anne Ramsay

PPAA

 VIC

Kathy Ophelkeller

South Australian Research & Development Institute

NSW

Callum Fletcher

AUSVEG

VIC

Cath Botta

Chair

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Fund Annual Report 2018/19
Publication
Fund Annual Report 2018/19
Strategic Investment Plan
Publication
Strategic Investment Plan
SIP – At a glance
Publication
SIP – At a glance