From 1 January 2017, melons produced in Australia and sold by a producer to a first purchaser, including to a selling agent, buying agent, exporter or exporting agent, will attract a levy and export charge of 0.4 cents per kilogram.
The levy funds will be managed through Horticulture Innovation Australia and Plant Health Australia and will used for industry research and development, and biosecurity.
The introduction of the melon levy and export charge will provide the Australian melon industry with a reliable source of funding to undertake high priority R&D and biosecurity preparedness activities. Growers voted by a two-thirds majority in November 2015 to commence both research and biosecuirty levies.
A producer who sells more than 20 tonnes of melons by retail sale each financial year is liable to pay the levy.
The types of melon that are leviable are:
· Charentais melon
· Galia melon, also known as Hami melon
· Honeydew melon, also known as Piel de sapo
· Horned melon
· Korean melon
A Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP), managed through Horticulture Innovation Australia, will be formed to guide how the levy funds will be spent. Expressions of interest for the panel will be called in the next few weeks. Growers are encouraged to apply and have a voice in managing the industry funds.
Further details are available on the Federal Department of Agriculture’s website.