Programme 1.6: Wool industry

​Programme objective

This programme’s objective in 2014–15 was to:

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

Programme description

Australia is one of the world’s largest wool producers, producing around 20 per cent of greasy wool sold on the world market. We consider industry needs in developing policy and advice to government. We also support the wool industry in responding to domestic and international issues.

More information is available on the department's website.​​​ ​​​ ​​​

Table 7 Programme 1.6—Wool industry—key performance indicators
Key performance indicator2014–15 targetPerformance
Effective policies, programmes and regulations that contribute to enhanced productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainabilityAccurate and timely advice providedMetMetMet
Engage with domestic and international stakeholders on wool issues5 meetingsMetMetMet
Requests under woolpack regulations are actioned in a timely and accurate manner100%MetMetMet
All levy funds paid to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)100%MetMetMet
Timely and effective engagement with AWI to ensure compliance with the statutory funding agreement and relevant legislation and to discuss industry activities2 meetingsMetMetMet
Underpinning research, advice, forecast, projects, products and data services meet stakeholder expectations and are delivered within agreed timelines85% aMetMetMet

a Client satisfaction as measured by an annual survey of ABARES clients.


Supporting the wool industry

We continued to meet regularly with Australian wool industry stakeholders on domestic and international issues. These included the wool harvesting code of conduct and developing international wool markets such as Russia and Vietnam.

Australian Wool Innovation

We provided guidance to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) on conducting its regulated three-yearly poll of wool producers to ensure compliance with statutory requirements. The department attended the Wool Poll Levy panel meetings as an observer.

The department attended three meetings of the AWI’s Woolgrower Industry Consultative Committee. These meetings bring together wool industry bodies to discuss key industry issues, including the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep and the wool selling systems review.

Regulating woolpack imports

The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 prohibit the import of woolpacks 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. In 2014–15, we approved 21 requests to import woolpacks.

In 2014, the Australian Wool Exchange introduced a new woolpack standard to comply with road transport regulations. We worked with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to amend the Customs (Prohibited Imports) (Woolpacks) Regul​ation to reflect the new standard. The department and industry agreed to a definitive transition period where woolpacks made to the old standard could be imported. During this period, 59 woolpack import requests were approved.

Scientific and economic research

Managing wild dogs

ABARES carried out a study in partnership with Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI), to examine collaborative approaches to wild dog management. The study investigated the nature and operation of wild dog management groups by interviewing representatives of groups managing different levels of wild dog attacks.

ABARES incorporated the findings into a national survey of sheep and cattle landholders in late 2014. The survey tracked changes in impacts and management approaches since a similar survey in 2010.

The results provide up-to-date information on wild dog issues and show the changes from implementing best management practices. The research will help AWI develop targeted programmes to support communities affected by wild dogs.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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