Despite the introduction of EPRs to supplement private breeding programs, growers of over 25 leviable crops are still required to pay an R&D levy. Presently, the R&D levy paid by growers is calculated as 1.02% of the farm gate value of the crop. Levies are collected through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry –¬†Levies Unit which can be found at http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/levies

A portion of this levy is allocated to the Grains Research and Development Corporation and is used for a number of important services to support the grains industry, including;

  • Crop Classification
  • R&D capacity building
  • Pre-breeding activities
  • New farm practices
  • New varieties (excluding mainstream wheat breeding)
  • Other GRDC activities, including the National Variety Trials (NVT) system

For further information on the investment activities of the GRDC levy, please refer to the GRDC annual report at www.grdc.com.au/