An industry levy is collected from all Australian macadamia growers to raise the necessary funding for research and industry development and marketing – projects which are essential for ensuring the macadamia industry remains a strong and successful industry now and into the future.
For a full list of levy-funded projects, download the Macadamia Fund Annual Report below.
The levy has been the single most important driver of the growth of the Australian macadamia industry. Unlike many other new rural industries that emerged around the 1980s, the macadamia industry understood the need to invest in its development and future, and today, growers and industry participants continue to benefit from the research, marketing and industry development made possible by the levy. The industry is now worth $286.5 million (farmgate), $321 million (ex-factory) and $576 million (retail). It is Australia’s second largest horticultural export.
The levy is mandatory and is paid through processors and the Australian Government to Hort Innovation, an all-of- horticulture, grower-owned company that administers the expenditure of levies, guided by the macadamia industry’s Strategic Investment Plan.
During the 2016/17 period, more than $2.19 million was invested into R&D for the macadamia industry including 16 new projects. The macadamia fund supported a strong new integrated pest management program and fresh work to improve nut harvesting, as well as the ongoing development of new varieties and research into diseases management. In marketing, more than $2.52 million was invested into activities to build consumer awareness and consumption of macadamias both domestically and overseas. Read the Macadamia Fund Annual Report for more info.
The levy has been responsible for many success stories including:
- Integrated orchard management (IOM) - integrated management of canopy, orchard floor and drainage to drive production, minimise erosion, improve machinery access and improve light into the orchard.
- Integrated orchard nutrition (ION) - increasing organic matter to achieve the right nutrient balance and optimise soil moisture
- Integrated pest and disease management (IPM)- simultaneous management of multiple key pests using a number of different techniques.
For more information on new, ongoing and recently completed levy-funded activity in the macadamia industry, visit the Hort Innovation website and also make sure you read each edition of HORTLINK for project updates, results and resources you can use in your business, plus case studies, industry contacts and more. Hort Innovation members will receive an alert when each issue of HORTLINK is released, and a link to the latest publication is always available on the Hort Innovation website.
Visit the Industry Resources section of this website, where you can find levy-funded research reports, articles, videos, case studies, fact sheets, presentations and so much more!
Hort Innovation Industry Strategic Partner Georgia Sheil is always available to answer questions or provide info on the Macadamia Fund program. Georgia can be reached on 02 8295 2340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Macadamia Fund Annual Report 2019 -20
While some activities inevitably changed under Covid-19, it was still a solid year of investment for macadamias. There was some $2.15 million invested in R&D for the industry, plus $2.79 million in marketing. Download the full report now.
Macadamia Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021
This plan will guide Hort Innovation’s strategic investment of the industry levy, ensuring investment decisions align with industry priorities.
Macadamia Strategic Investment Plan 2017-2021 (Summary)
This is an ‘at-a-glance version’ of the strategic investment plan, providing a top-level overview of the plan.
This website has been partly funded by Hort Innovation, using the macadamia research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.