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How we consult with industry

Hort Innovation makes all investment decisions with advice from industry, to achieve the best outcomes for Australian horticulture


Strategic levy investment consultation

To gain industry insights for strategic levy investments in R&D, marketing and trade, Hort Innovation consults with growers through industry-specific Strategic Investment Advisory Panels (SIAPs).

Who is on the industry SIAPs?

SIAPs consist of industry supply-chain stakeholders, most of whom are levy-paying growers. Panels also include industry representative body representation and, where applicable, a lead agency representative from within the National Horticulture Research Network.

The panellists are there on behalf of industry, not their individual interests. They are selected through an expressions of interest process and must meet appropriate skills criteria.

Each SIAP also has a suitably qualified Chair for the smooth operation of meetings, to ensure that advice is in line with each industry's Strategic Investment Plan, and to make sure that contributions from all panellists are recognised equitably.

What do the SIAPs do?

The industry-specific SIAPs are in place to discuss investment ideas, in order to provide advice to Hort Innovation on potential levy investments. The advice they give is guided by each industry's Strategic Investment Plan (SIP).

The SIPs are documents outlining priorities for industry investment, to which investment decisions must align.

The SIAPs provide a vital link between meeting the priorities of industry and helping Hort Innovation to make decisions on how, where and when investments need to be made.

The collective knowledge, experience and insights from each panellist are coupled with that of the Hort Innovation team in this deliberate partnership approach that is the cornerstone of how Hort Innovation invests levy monies.

With more than 300 technically skilled, industry-focused and sector-specific stakeholders as panellists, SIAPs are well equipped to provide investment advice.

For details on specific industry SIAPs and their meetings, visit Hort Innovation's grower pages.


Strategic co-investment consultation

For investments made through our Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative, an advisory mechanism similar to the SIAPs is in place. Here, Expert Advisory Panels (EAPs) work with Hort Innovation to guide investments in each of the seven Hort Frontiers funds. 

All EAPs feature a broad cross-section of specialist representatives, including growers, subject matter professionals, and state government experts.

To provide a framework for advice and decision-making, each of the Hort Frontiers funds is governed by a document of Co-Investment Strategic Intent (CSI) outlining key investment themes that must be met in order for concepts to be successful.

Trade investment consultation

To best guide discussions around trade and market access investments, Hort Innovation convenes meetings with specialist trade panels, of which there are two:

  • International Trade Assessments Panel (TAP)
  • International Market Access Assessments Advisory Panel (IMAAP).

The terms of reference and panel members for each panel can be found on the Trade and market access page.

These panels are tasked with providing advice to Hort Innovation on a range of trade-related matters, export requirements and new market opportunities. Issues specific to market access are relayed to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for consideration.