State Farming Organisations Membership

All members of state farm organisations have a stake in WoolProducers Australia through their local Wool Committee, as well as the benefits of state representation and direct support through services such as industrial relations, member discounts, networking and training.

The national membership is as follows:

Further information: International Wool Textile Organisation

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.

More information about Australian Wool Innovation can be found here.

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.

More information about Australian Wool Exchange can be found here.

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.

More information about Australian Wool Testing Authority can be found here.

Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation

The SheepCRC is an independent organisation that undertakes research and develops new technologies, practices and products to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the Australian sheep industry. The CRC receives grant funding from the Australian Government and its participants, including WoolProducers Australia contribute cash and in-kind resources. WPA provides financial contribution to the current SheepCRC on behalf of the wool industry, through funding of Program 1- Wellbeing and Productivity.

Based at the University of New England in Armidale NSW, the Sheep CRC operates under a Commonwealth Agreement with the Department of Industry and Science.


More information about Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Sheep Industry Innovation can be found here.

Grazier’s Investment Company

Graziers’ Investment Company Limited (GIC) was previously known as Australian Wool Services Limited (AWS), established in 2001 as a successor to the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation (AWRAP), the principal member of the International Wool Secretariat (IWS). AWS originally comprised two subsidiaries – The Woolmark Company Pty Ltd and Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI). AWI was subsequently de-merged from AWS in 2002 and  the Woolmark Company was sold to AWI in 2007.

GIC remains responsible for concluding the legacy issues inherited from its predecessors and managing the wind-down of the group. All financial inherited legacies have now been cleared and the GIC Board will be recommending to shareholders to close GIC. Shareholders have been invited to attend GIC’s General Meeting on 11 October 2017 and support the Board’s recommendation to close GIC.

There are 36,594 shareholders in GIC holding 2,093,586 issued shares.

More information about Grazier’s Investment Company can be found here.

Federation of Australian Wool Organisations

WoolProducers Australia is the wool grower member of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (FAWO). FAWO is the basis of the Australian National Committee of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO).  With virtually all industry sectors as members, FAWO can also facilitate joint industry responses for addressing major local issues. FAWO has been integral in establishing key trade related industry initiatives, such as the DMFRS for example.

The WoolProducers Australia membership of FAWO allows growers to have a voice on the world stage of wool.

Further information: Federation of Australian Wool Organisations

International Wool Textile Organisation

The International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) was established in 1928 as the first arbitration body for the international trade of wool and wool products. It was born out of an arbitration agreement signed between the representative bodies of the British and French wool-textile industries in 1927.  Membership of IWTO is based on national committees from member countries, each of which appoints delegates to attend annual meetings (FAWO).

As a trade based organisation, IWTO soon realised that in order for contracts to be fully specified, objective techniques for measuring wool characteristics and invoice weights were required. This minimised the likelihood of disputes and also provided an objective basis for arbitration should a dispute arise. Consequently, IWTO now plays a central role in fostering the development of internationally accepted test specifications for raw wool, wool sliver, yarns and fabrics.

Developed progressively since its inception by the IWTO, the ‘Blue Book’ represents the basis for the conditions under which most of the world wool trade has traditionally conducted its business. The rules contained in it are agreed between the various players in the wool-textile trade via the national committees of IWTO.

Through this committee structure, the rules are developed by all stakeholders in the industry, in particular buyers and sellers. The rules are therefore fair and objective since they are not imposed upon by any one group upon another. The Blue Book is regularly reviewed to reflect the current commercial practice and requirements.

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