Agricultural R&D Levies System – Have your say!

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 - Category: In the News

The Federal Government is undertaking an inquiry into the systems and structures for the agricultural research and development (R&D) levies. This includes the dairy services levy that contributes to Dairy Australia and the equivalent levies paid by farmers for other research and development corporations.

The Senate Committee is very keen to hear farmers' views about levies, including views on: turning R,D&E into results on-farm; the value of having a dairy research and development corporation; opportunities levy payers have to influence how it is spent; and in general, views on having a levy poll which many other commodities do not have.

ADF encourages all dairy farmers to make a submission to the inquiry and has developed a template letter and example writing points for farmers. Your submission letter can be as short or long as you like, and cover all points of the inquiry or just one. Although the official submission date has passed, the Senate Committee is open to receiving submissions until the end of November; however you may contact them if you require additional time.

Contact details for the Inquiry secretariat are 02 6277 3511 or Submissions can be sent to this email address. For more information, please contact the ADF office (03) 8621 4291.

For more information about the Inquiry and its terms of reference, click here.


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