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Fund management

At Hort Innovation it’s our job to work with industry to invest the pistachio voluntary levy and Australian Government contributions into initiatives to help growers be as productive and profitable as possible, through the Hort Innovation Pistachio Fund

What is the voluntary pistachio levy?

The voluntary pistachio R&D levy was established for investment through the pistachio collective industry fund (CIF), now known as the Hort Innovation Pistachio Fund. It is currently set at 0.02 cents per kilogram.

It is Hort Innovation’s responsibility to work with the industry to invest this voluntary levy, together with Australian Government funds, into strategic R&D initiatives.

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 voluntary levy decisions made?

Investments specific to the Hort Innovation Pistachio 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 pistachio 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. 

Update on refreshing the Strategic Investment Plan

In 2021, Hort Innovation engaged with growers and industry stakeholders to develop refreshed five-year 2022-2026 SIPs for each levy-paying industry within the horticulture sector.

There has been a stakeholder feedback period for all draft SIPs and this has now closed.

We have received a wide range of both positive and constructive feedback and are in the process of incorporating this into the final versions of the SIPs. For some industries, this means we will be undertaking more consultation to ensure the needs of these industries are reflected in the final SIPs.

The SIPs will be published on the Hort Innovation website as they are finalised, and stakeholders will be notified via email and other communication channels.

We thank all people who have provided feedback and who have been involved in the consultation process for the development of the SIPs so far.

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 Pistachio Fund are detailed in the Your investments page of this Pistachio 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 voluntary levy doesn’t automatically make you a Hort Innovation member, but signing up is free here.

The voluntary-levy-funded industry knowledge transfer program, run through the investment Technology transfer for pistachio growers (PS17002), also provides regular information on levy-funded activity.


Financial documents

Financial operating statement
July to December 2020/21

Pistachio Fund consultation

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

See below a list of SIAP meetings with summaries and the panelists.

Panel meetings and summaries






February 7, 2017

Loxton, SA


The panel 




Chris Joyce

Australian Pioneer Pistachio Company


Ian Mau

Mallee Orchards


Dr Ben Robinson

Independent Consultant


Darin Gladigau

DK Nuts


Chris Lee

C E Lee and Company


Andrew Bowring

Kyalite Pistachios


Ryan Norton

CMV Farms


Claude Gauchat


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Fund Annual Report 2019/20
Fund Annual Report 2019/20