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Fund management

At Hort Innovation it’s our job to work with industry to invest the dried tree fruit levy and Australian Government contributions into initiatives to help growers be as productive and profitable as possible, through the Hort Innovation Dried Tree Fruit Fund

What is the dried tree fruit levy?

The grower-raised statutory dried tree fruit R&D levy is set at $32 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, so Hort Innovation encourages all growers, industry participants and the research community to share their thoughts and recommendations through the upcoming Strategic Investment  Plan (SIP) consultation process. During the year, issues may emerge that haven’t been captured from the extensive SIP development process so there will still be opportunities to submit ideas for investments.

These opportunities are:

Any submission or suggestion will be reviewed by Hort Innovation to ensure it aligns with industry needs as identified in the SIP. 

How are levy decisions made?

Investments specific to the Hort Innovation Dried Tree Fruit Fund are guided by the industry’s SIP. In 2021 a new SIP is being produced for each levy-paying industry. The new SIP will have a five-year life span (2022–2026) and is being developed through close consultation with growers, industry participants and the research community. It will outline key industry priorities for investment.

When the new SIP is finalised, an Annual Investment Plan (AIP) will be developed and reviewed annually for the remaining years of the SIP – this will be approved by Hort Innovation with valuable input from the Strategic Investment Advisory Panels (SIAPs), industry bodies and key stakeholders before prioritisation. 

The SIP and AIP documents will be used like a ‘roadmap’ by the Dried Tree Fruit SIAP, which is made up of growers and other industry representatives and plays a key role in prioritising necessary investments.

Using the SIP as a guide, the SIAP will prioritise AIP investments and ideas submitted by growers, industry participants and delivery partners during prioritisation meetings. Details of the SIAP panelists and the current AIP can be found further down this page. 

What happens next?

The SIAPs recommendations will be 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, in the delivery partners section of this website.

At the end of the process, the responses are assessed, often with the assistance of industry (Evaluation Panel process), 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 Dried Tree Fruit Fund are detailed in the Your investments page of this Dried Tree Fruit Fund section of Hort Innovation’s website. Any 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 2020/21

Dried Tree Fruit Fund consultation

To gain industry insights for strategic levy investments for the Hort Innovation Dried Tree Fruit Fund, we will widely consult with growers, industry participants and the research community through the SIP consultation process.

See below a list of SIAP panelists.

The panel 

Name

Organisation

Location

Phil Chidgzey

Dried Fruits Australia

WA

Kris Werner Dried Fruits Australia SA
David Swain Sunbeam Foods VIC
Tony Loffler Loffler's Fruits SA
Paul Wittwer Dried Fruits Australia SA
Fund Annual Report 2019/20
Publication
Fund Annual Report 2019/20
Strategic Investment Plan
Publication
Strategic Investment Plan