Industry role

WoolProducers Australia plays a key role in working with organisations that are financed by grower funds - whether they are compulsory levies or fees for service - to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for industry. WPA works closely with the following grower funded organisations and applies two key principles to ensure the best outcome for growers:

Australian Wool Innovation

Australian Wool Innovation is the wool industry’s research and development company. AWI invests the 2 per cent grower levy it receives from the sale of shorn greasy wool into global research and development, innovation and marketing through the wool supply chain.  The Australian government matches the levy contribution made by wool growers - the government’s contribution is capped at 0.5 per cent of gross national value of wool production.
 
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Australian Wool Innovation

Australian Wool Exchange

The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) is a public company established in 1994 to manage wool marketing arrangements in the Australian wool industry. The membership of AWEX represents the majority of first-hand wool traded in Australia and includes wool brokers, exporters, private treaty merchants, processors, wool producers and associates.

The AWEX Board represents each of these classes of membership and is responsible for policy setting in relation to the implementation of functions. WoolProducers holds a permanent position on the board of AWEX.

Further Information:
Australian Wool Exchange

Australian Wool Testing Authority

The Australian Wool Testing Authority was established in 1957 by the Commonwealth Government in response to requests from the Australian wool industry. The mission of AWTA is to assist or promote the development of the pastoral, agricultural, manufacturing and industrial resources of Australia, in particular, by providing independent objective data and information services which will facilitate the efficient production, marketing and processing of wool, other fibres, textile products and related materials.

WoolProducers holds a permanent position on the board of AWTA.

Further Information:
Australian Wool Testing Authority

Animal Health Australia

Animal Health Australia (AHA) is a not-for-profit public Company established by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and major national livestock industry organisations. WoolProducers is one of 15 livestock members of AHA and the sole wool industry member. A small percentage of the sheep transaction levy is forwarded to AHA to fund the wool industry’s contribution. 

Further Information:
Animal Health Australia

Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Sheep Industry Innovation is a collaboration between Australia's leading sheep industry organisations, including Australian Wool Innovation and the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program. The Sheep CRC provides innovative new technologies, practices and products to advance the profitability and sustainability of the Australian sheep industry.

Further Information:
Sheep CRC

Grazier’s Investment Company

The Grazier’s Investment Company (GIC) was formerly known as Australian Wool Services and the previous owner of The Woolmark Company. In October 2007, AWI acquired assets of Australian Wool Services, which included The Woolmark Company. WoolProducers played an integral role in the merger of the two companies being the first external organisation to identify the problems associated with the UK Pension Fund legacy and bring it to the attention of shareholders. The mission of GIC is to resolve the legacy liabilities inherited from predecessor organisations, which includes the IWS Pension Fund and to manage and grow the remaining assets and seek to improve shareholder value.

Further Information:
Grazier’s Investment Company