Banana Industry Levy
The Banana Industry Levy is a compulsory national levy, introduced on 1 July 2008 at the request of the banana industry.
The levy is used to fund marketing and research and development (R&D) carried out by Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) – the industry-owned company which works in partnership with Australia’s horticulture industries to invest in these programs.
The levy is calculated as 1.7 cents per kilogram of bananas (equivalent to 22c per 13 kg carton). It is collected by Levies Revenue Service (LRS), who forwards the funds to HAL and distributes the Australian Government’s matching R&D contributions.
For an explanation of the levy, please see this information sheet from LRS or go to the webpage Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)
Further general information is also available from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) website
ABGC membership & the levy
The ABGC membership fee is separate to the banana industry levy. For information on the ABGC’s membership fee please see our membership page.
The 2007 Levy Proposal
To see a copy of the 2007 Levy Proposal Information Sheet, please click on the following link 2007 National Banana Levy Proposal Information Statement
To see a one-page list of excerpts from the Information Sheet, please click the following link 2007 National Banana Levy Proposal Information Statement excerpts
Levy Commitment Report, June 2014
The ABGC Board recognised that the national levy for bananas has been in place (at 1.7 cents per kilogram) since 1st July 2008 and that it was appropriate to review the ABGC commitments given to growers prior to the successful ballot for the national levy in 2007.The report considers the ABGC commitments and provides succinct review comments on each. Please click here to download.
The Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) Deed
After a 12-month consultation process, the ABGC formally made a request in January 2013 for the Federal Minister for Agriculture to approve the retention of the currently approved levy, to implement an EPPR Levy set at zero cents and to use a small fraction of the current levy to fund PHA Membership. ABGC requested this to be in place from 1 July 2013 to address industry obligations under the EPPR Deed.
For information on the EPPR Deed, please click the following link: EPPR Proposal
For information on the consultation process, please click the following link: EPPR Proposal Attachment – Consultation