Program 1.6: Wool industry

​Program objective

  • foster and enable a productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable wool industry.

Program description

Australia is one of the world’s largest wool growers, producing around 21 per cent of the total wool sold on the world market. We aimed to ensure that industry needs were considered in the development of policy and advice to government. We supported the wool industry to improve its responsiveness to a range of domestic and international issues, including policy and production issues. The department also oversaw the operations of the industry’s research and development body, Australian Wool Innovation, and liaised with industry stakeholders.

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Key performance indicators

Table 7 Program 1.6—Wool industry—key performance indicators
Key performance indicator 2012–13 target Performance
2012–13 2011–12 2010–11
Effective policies, programs and regulations that contribute to enhanced productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability Accurate and timely advice provided a Met
Engage with domestic and international stakeholders on wool issues Five meetings a Met
Requests under woolpack regulations are actioned in a timely and accurate manner 100% Met Met Met
All levy funds paid to Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) 100% Met Met Met
Timely and effective engagement with AWI to ensure compliance with statutory funding agreement and relevant legislation and to discuss industry activities Two meetings a Met
Scientific and economic researchScientific and economic research
Underpinning research, advice, forecasts, projects, products and data services are delivered on time, within budget and are of high quality 85% a Met

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Achievements

Supporting the wool industry

Building ties with India

We worked with the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations on the inaugural meeting of the Australia–India Joint Working Group on Cooperation in the Field of Wool and Woollen Products. We led the delegation to the talks, which provided an opportunity for both governments to identify areas of mutual benefit and cooperation in wool trade and production. The delivery of outcomes from the meeting continues.

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

>We worked with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to finalise a new statutory funding agreement for 2013–16. The new agreement incorporates recommendations from the Rural Research and Development Policy Statement, aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in the research and development corporation model.

The department monitored AWI’s requirement to conduct the 2012 Wool Poll in line with the process outlined in the Wool Services Privatisation (Wool Levy Poll) Regulations 2003. The department also ensured AWI continued to meet its responsibilities under its previous agreement. AWI met all of its statutory obligations during 2012–13.

Regulating woolpack imports

Woolpacks are prohibited from being imported into Australia unless permission has been granted by the minister or an authorised person, or the packs have been certified as conforming to the Australian Wool Exchange standard. These regulations reduce the risk of wool contamination from woolpacks.

Importers must demonstrate that woolpacks entering the country will be of a high standard and meet strict industry manufacturing requirements. In 2012–13, we approved more than 20 woolpack requests.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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