Submission

Streamlining and modernising agricultural levies legislation

June 12, 2020

Livestock SA supports the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s proposal to streamline and modernise the agricultural levies legislation, to ensure it is efficient, responsive and flexible enough to meet industry needs.

Livestock SA supports the option to transform the levies legislation, and is directly interested in two Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) – Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). Livestock producers in SA as levy payers want to know how their money is spent by these organisations and how they can influence these decisions. It is essential that the bodies that represent producers have an oversight role of their relevant RDCs.

Livestock SA also supports the levy payer register, which will allow all livestock producers who pay levies to be properly consulted ensuring greater transparency and accountability.