The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, has supported changes to the dairy industry levy poll process, voted on by levy
payers in 2015.
The Bill to amend the current Act was introduced to the lower house on 11 February 2016, and debated on 25 February 2016. Debate in the Senate commenced
on 29 February and ADF currently awaits a final decision on the Bill.
“Australia’s dairy sector is an important and forward-looking industry, with good leadership and a strong vision for its future,” Minister Joyce said.
“Levy payers have demonstrated strong support for these changes, which will simplify and streamline the dairy levy process.”
Mrs Jolliffe said the changes are expected to result in a simpler, less costly levy poll process, while still ensuring accountability in spending levy
funds is retained.
“This means these levy funds can be directed towards vital research, development and extension programs, increasing productivity and profitability
and continuing to strengthen innovation within our industry.”
For more information on the levy poll changes please see www.dairylevypollreview.com.au.