Independent review released to HAL members and Government

Key recommendations from a comprehensive, independent review into Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL) and the horticulture levy system have been referred by the HAL Board to industry and government for consideration.
The recommendations are contained in the final report from the review which was conducted by consultants ACIL Allen and overseen by an independent steering committee, as part of a requirement under HAL’s statutory funding arrangement (SFA) with the Australian Government.
The final report was released to HAL members and the general public today.

HAL CEO John Lloyd said the review involved thorough consultation with the industry over several months.

“A comprehensive process – conducted at arm’s length from HAL and the Government – has produced a set of strategic and operational findings that warrant due consideration by our members and levy payers.”

The key recommendations include:
• Establish a grower-owned Research & Development Corporation (RDC)
• Remove current specific industry advisory committees from decisions about R&D investment and investigate more appropriate mechanisms
• Improve direct communication between the RDC (a new HAL) and growers
• Create more efficiency and transparency in the management of industry levies

Mr Lloyd said the HAL Board would respond to the final report and recommendations within the next three months, following consultation with members during a series of member workshops on 27-28 May.

“HAL looks forward to continuing to play a key role in maintaining the competitiveness of Australian horticulture for the benefit of members, growers and the wider community,” Mr Lloyd said.

Click here to view the HAL Review Final Report executive summary.

Posted 9 May 2014