October 2017 Newsletter

Download AHBIC’s October 2017 newsletter here (PDF 756KB)

AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award

This information was received too late to put in the next AHBIC newsletter so it is posted here separately. Download PDF here (407KB)

Please note that AgriFutures is the new name for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

Note there is also a section on the bottom for a Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Information:

Applications for the 2018 AgriFuturesTM Rural Women’s Award program close on 29 October.

Please share this email amongst your networks and friends. Feel free to use the attached tile for newsletters, social media and website updates.

Apply at www.agrifutures.com.au/people-leadership/rural-womens-award/

If you know a woman who inspires and wants to make a difference in rural and regional communities then please encourage her to apply.

It is important to think of this as an Award to do something, not as an Award for something that has already been done.

If you have an idea, initiative or project that you want to bring to life, then this is your opportunity to make it happen!

The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

  • The AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s leading Award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities.
  • Applications for the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award close on Sunday, 29 October 2017 at 9pm.
  • $10,000 bursaries are available in each state and territory to support emerging women leaders to implement their Award vision.
  • This program was formally known as the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
    (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award. AgriFutures Australia is the new name for RIRDC. Learn more at www.agrifutures.com.au
  • Agriculture Victoria is a proud sponsor of the AgriFuturesTM Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

Victorian Rural Women’s Award Information:

For more information on the Victorian Rural Women’s Award go to:
http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/food-and-fibre-industries/rural-womens-award or contact Johanna Christensen: johanna.christensen@ecodev.vic.gov.au or 03 8392 7117

September 2017 Newsletter

Download AHBIC’s September 2017 newsletter here (PDF 1MB)

August 2017 Newsletter

Download AHBIC’s August 2017 newsletter here (PDF 846KB)

Honey Levy Memo re Objections to Levy Proposal

As you would know the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Inc. (AHBIC) passed a motion at the Annual General Meeting in July asking that the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, re-arrange the current honey levy. The re-arrangement requested is to increase the National Residue Survey component from 0.1 cents per kilogram to 0.3 cents per kilogram and reduce the Emergency Plant Pest Response levy from 2.9 cents per kilogram to 2.7 cents per kilogram. The total honey levy remains the same at 4.6 cents per kilogram.

A submission asking for the re-arrangement was sent to Minister Joyce on 21 July, 2017 and he has referred our submission to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for assessment. The Australian Government’s Levy Principles and Guidelines provide for a six week period for lodging objections to a levy proposal. Accordingly, the formal period for objections will commence on Monday 21 August and expire at 5pm AEST on Monday 2 October 2017.

Levy payers wishing to object are asked to clearly outline which aspect of the levy proposal they are objecting to. They should also list reasons why they oppose the levy and provide suitable supporting argument and evidence, together with their contact details. Further information about making objections can be found on page 6 of the Levy Principles and Guidelines found at:


The AHBIC proposal, as presented at conferences, can be found on the AHBIC website at:


A copy of the submission to Minister Joyce can be obtained from the AHBIC Executive Director on request. Contact details are above.

Objections may be made in writing to the government through the department’s Levy Revenue Service by email at levies.management@agriculture.gov.au or by post at:-

Locked Bag 4488
Kingston ACT 2604

Objections may also be made in writing through the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources by email at minister@maff.gov.au or by post at:-

P.O. Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Download the PDF: Memo re objections to levy proposal 21.8.17

Return to top of page

Copyright © 2017 honeybee.org.au