Grower Representation

Vegetable IAC

The Vegetable IAC (VIAC) consists of six vegetable growers from across Australia with a broad range of expertise in fields including biosecurity, processing and education. The VIAC also includes ex-officio representation from AUSVEG, a representative from Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) and an independent Chair.

The role of the VIAC is to represent vegetable levy payers by acting as the final Advisory Group to HIA in recommending the investment of the industry research and development (R&D) levy and matching Australian Government funds. In addition to this, the VIAC assesses the relative return to growers from investing in one area over another, and determines weightings of significance for each strategy based on chance of success, value of return to growers, relative cost, and significance to the industry as a whole.

The VIAC is guided by the Vegetable Industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP), launched in 2012, which provides a strategic direction for vegetable industry R&D investment until 2017.

Design Teams

In 2011/12 the vegetable industry conducted intensive consultations in key vegetable growing regions around Australia to gather feedback from vegetable levy payers on a new Vegetable SIP.

To ensure that the outputs of vegetable industry R&D represents the best interests of vegetable levy payers a Design Team, made up predominantly of growers, was established for each of the strategic priorities identified by the Vegetable SIP.

The new Vegetable SIP identified three strategic priority areas (recommended allocation of levy funds for investment):

  • Consumer Alignment (45 per cent)
  • Market & Value Chain Development (20 per cent)
  • Farm Productivity, Resource Use and Management (35 per cent)

Fresh Potato Industry

The Fresh Potato IAC currently consists of six potato growers (the industry members) and representatives from AUSVEG (ex-officio), HIA and an Independent Chair who also attend meetings.

The Australian Fresh Potato Industry conducted intensive consultations, both face-to-face and telephone, with stakeholders throughout 2011/12 to produce the 2012 – 2017 Fresh Potato SIP.

The new Fresh Potato SIP identified four priorities, or strategic areas for investment (recommended allocation of levy funds for investment):

  • Objective 1 – to increase innovativeness (36 per cent);
  • Objective 2 – to increase usage of practical research findings (18 per cent);
  • Objective 3 – to enhance communication and well-founded understanding of the market for fresh potatoes (41 per cent); and
  • Objective 4 – to advance more effectively the cause of the Australian Fresh Potato Industry (5 per cent).

The Fresh Potato IAC is responsible for the recommendation R&D programs that align with the industry SIP.

Processed Potato Industry

The Processed Potato IAC currently consists of three potato growers, three potato processors, the Chair of Potato Processors Association Australia (PPAA) (ex-officio), representatives from AUSVEG (ex-officio) and HIA, and an Independent Chair who also attend meetings.

The Australian Processed Potato Industry conducted intensive consultations, both face-to-face and telephone, with stakeholders throughout 2011/12 to produce the 2012 – 2017 Processed Potato Industry SIP.

The new Processed Potato SIP identified four priorities, or strategic areas for investment (recommended allocation of levy funds for investment):

  • Objective 1 – to increase competitiveness, including increased productivity and reduced costs (44 per cent);
  • Objective 2 – to increase usage of practical research findings (22 per cent);
  • Objective 3 – to improve communication and market awareness across the industry (29 per cent); and
  • Objective 4 – to advance more effectively the cause of the Australian Processed Potato Industry (5 per cent).

The Processed Potato IAC is responsible for the recommendation of R&D programs that align with the industry SIP.