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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, 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 voluntary levy decisions made?

Investments specific to the Hort Innovation Pistachio Fund are guided by the industry’s Strategic Investment Plan (SIP).

The pistachio industry has developed its own SIP, and this document is used like a ‘roadmap’ by the pistachio Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP). The SIAP 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 voluntary 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 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
CIF Summary – July to December 2019/20

Pistachio Fund consultation

To gain industry insights for strategic levy investments for the Hort Innovation Pistachio 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. 

See below the SIAP meetings with summaries and the panellists.


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 2018/19
Fund Annual Report 2018/19