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A warm welcome to WPA's next monthly Newsletter and our last for 2021. We’re glad you are here. Our aim is to keep you informed about matters related to the Australian Wool Industry each month. We will also bring you closer to one of our Directors or Staff in a feature blog each month.
 
We want to wish all our newsletter subscribers a happy and safe Christmas holiday period. We’ll be back early next year with our next update.

On the blog this month, your WoolProducers CEO, Jo Hall provides an overview of 2021.
 
Jo takes you through WPA's achievements, projects and ongoing issues including:

  • The launch of Trust in Australian Wool Campaign (TIAW) and the Sheep Sustainability Framework (SSF).
  • The ‘Traceability in the Australian wool and sheep industry’ project
  • Access to labour
  • Trade and market diversification
  • WoolPoll and AWI Director Elections
  • The continuation of the NWD review, and more.

It’s a lengthy, but important read, so grab a cuppa and catch up on all the 2021 accomplishments.
 

Read Jo's Blog

 
 



Domestic wool processing – more than a good yarn?

WoolProducers have received funding for their project: Ensuring a sustainable Australian Wool Industry through market diversification and risk mitigation, through the Australian Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) program. This is a significant and exciting project for the domestic wool industry. See more on the blog here.

National Wool Declaration – AWEX members’ update
The previously announced NWD Version 9.0 of the NWD (due to go live 1 January 2022) has now been superseded by Version 9.1- due to go live 19 April 2022. Further information can be found in the AWEX members’ update.

Australian Wool Innovation to undergo ANAO audit
AUSTRALIA’S Auditor-General’s office will undertake an audit of Australian Wool Innovation’s obligations to levy payers and taxpayers next year. See Auditor-General Grant Hehir’s letter here.

New Steering Group Chair announced for Sheep Sustainability Framework
Verity Morgan-Schmidt has been appointed Steering Group Chair, following the departure of the inaugural chair, Professor Bruce Allworth. She will look to increase supply-chain stakeholder engagement and global recognition of the Sheep Sustainability Framework. Read more here.
 
National Agriculture Day
Australia celebrated National Ag Day on Friday 19th November, asking us all to ‘Choose your #AgVenture!’

WPA encouraged everyone in our industry to share their story on social media and the industry answered with some fantastic posts! See examples here and here.

 


Leadership development scholarships for women in farming & agriculture
Partial scholarships of $1000-$5000 are now available through Women & Leadership Australia to encourage more women to step into leadership roles and to support the further development of current women leaders in the Farming and Agriculture Sector.
 

 

Apply by 15 December 2021 or find out more here.


National Wild Dog Action Plan
A new infographic for the National Wild Dog Action Plan has been released. You can see it here, including a link to the NWDAP website with helpful methods and tools for producers.

RaboResearch Podcast: Cotton Price Leaves Wool in Its Dust
Why have cotton prices been rising more than wool? How will they play out in the future? Join Dennis Voznesenski and Cheryl Kalisch Gordon as they chat about the intertwined worlds of wool and cotton.
 

Find the podcast here

Have your say!
Sheep owners and producers in NSW are invited to participate in a survey on the current mob-based system and identify the barriers to implementation of electronic identification (eID) of sheep and goats in NSW.
 

Take the survey here (closes 10 December)

 

WPA is excited to announce we have been awarded a significant grant through the Australian Government’s Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) program.  The grant will allow us to explore new markets and processing options (both domestic and international) for Australian wool.
 
Congratulations to our CEO Jo Hall and the WPA team for their hard work in obtaining this grant. See The Hon David Littleproud MP’s announcement here.
 
I’d also like to congratulate the successful candidates in this year’s AWI Director Elections, Mr Jock Laurie, Ms Georgia Hack and Mr Don Macdonald. You can read more on this process and the candidates here.
 

This month we’ve added a new section to our newsletter. You can read through a sample of some of the meetings that WoolProducers have attended over the past month in the ‘Our Engagement’ section below.

 
Finally, a huge thanks to all our stakeholders for a fantastic 2021. We look forward to an even bigger 2022, continuing to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.

 
 



WoolProducers Australia Board Meeting

The WoolProducers Australia Board met on 11 November, receiving both the CEO yearly overview report and the General Manager’s report. A number of Policy Determinations were made, as well as a motion regarding the draft Farm Safety Policy. The Executive Summary is available here.
 
ANZ ESG principles
WoolProducers attended a meeting with other livestock industry representatives and the ANZ bank convened by the NFF, following the release of ANZ’s Animal Welfare Principles under their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy. This policy is extremely concerning given that there was very limited industry engagement and the final result being apparent appeasement of animal welfare/rights organisations. The group made it very clear to ANZ that this was not acceptable. It is worth wool growers (and other livestock producers) being aware that these policies are being implemented throughout the banking sector and if you have concerns you should contact your finance provider to investigate what their ESG policy regarding animal welfare is.
 
Joint China Australia Wool Working Group (JCAWWG)
WoolProducers participated in the virtual JCAWWG meeting held on 25 November. This meeting sees industry representatives from both countries come together to discuss issues from the trade. This was a positive meeting and a good chance to reconnect given that there had been a hiatus due to not being able to meet face to face during the pandemic.
 
World Trade Organisation 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) Briefing
WoolProducers, along with other industry representatives were briefed by DFAT regarding the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Geneva from 30 November to 3 December and attended by Minister Tehan, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.  The session provided an update on the range of elements on the table for discussion at MC12 including:  WTO reform, agriculture, fisheries subsidies, SPS, Joint Statement Initiatives on e-commerce and services domestic regulation, extending the moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions, an outcome on trade and health including on intellectual property (IP). Updates were also provided on discussions around investment facilitation, trade and environment, women’s economic empowerment and micro, small, medium sized enterprises (MSMEs).
 
ACCC Agriculture Consultative Committee
WoolProducers attended the ACCC Ag Consultative Committee on 26 November. This Committee, chaired by Mr Mick Keogh, is an appointment based committee to discuss relevant areas and issues of agriculture that fall under the jurisdiction of the ACCC. This meeting included an update on ACCC proposed merger reforms, the collective bargaining class exemption process, container stevedoring monitoring report and the dairy code.
 
DAWE Ag Counsellor Pre-deployment Briefings
WoolProducers have been invited by DAWE on a number of occasions in the last month to meet with two Agriculture Ministerial Counsellors and a High Commissioner before their deployment to overseas posts. These have included Mr Kieran Karamil who will be heading to the New Delhi post, Mr Dane Roberts who will be based in Jakarta and Mr Jeremy Bruer who will be the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh. The purpose of these meetings are to provide a brief to these representatives on wool relevant issues and opportunities in their respective postings, in turn they can report back on any relevant issues that they hear of once deployed.
 
Animal Health Australia (AHA) AGM
WoolProducers attended the AHA AGM on 17 November. The meeting included presentations from AHA Chair, Ms Sharon Starick, CEO, Ms Kathleen Plowman and Company Secretary, Mr Ashley Turner. WoolProducers is the only wool industry member of AHA.
 
WoolProducers Health and Welfare Advisory Committee
The H&W Advisory Committee met on 10 November. The GM presented a report, highlighting key information relating to Lamb marking pain relief demonstration day (WA), Lamb marking / aversive procedures forum, Wool Connect, Supply Chain Resilience, National Farmers Federation Pain Relief forum, National Wild Dog Action Plan (NWDAP), Custom R-Pilus Footrot vaccine, Animal Welfare Advocacy, and the Sheep Health Project. Updates were also provided on the Wool Traceability and Sheep Traceability Projects. The Executive Summary with further information is available here.

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