Export markets – We will continue to engage with government on preserving the China market as we know how fundamental it is to the profitability of citrus farms across the country. We know industry will continue to expand commercial opportunity in markets such as Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and the Middle East which has risen to be a significant market for Australian citrus. Citrus Australia will focus on market development in India where we see opportunity to tap in to premium markets –acknowledging there are significant hurdles which we will work to overcome through working with industry and governments in both countries.
Biosecurity – The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee is actively driving investment into R&D, staying on top of potential threats, and planning for the implementation of a nationwide response should there be an incursion.
Agrichemicals – Assisting industry in crop protection, and defending the current agrichemical toolbox, while developing strategies to minimise residues.
Labour – Continuing to protect the piece rate, and drawing attention to the impacts that recent changes to the Hort Award have caused to smaller growers and packers.
But we can’t do it without our members.
Taking a membership with Citrus Australia provides funds to invest in our team and programs, including government liaison, which will become more critical as we provide grower representation in the areas of labour, water, biosecurity, market access, agrichemicals, infrastructure, energy, research and development.
Want to know more?
Check out our short video below, see the benefits listed, and read our FAQs if you still have questions.
Nominate to represent your fellow growers on the Citrus Australia Board:
Govern the strategic direction of the company and guide policy development
Monitor organisational performance, approve appointments, and liaise with stakeholders
Monitor financial position of the company and approve budgets
Nominate to represent your fellow growers on one of Citrus Australia’s eleven committees:
Attend 2-4 meetings per year to discuss priorities for your committee and assist in strategic planning of the company
Be the conduit between Citrus Australia and growers
Be a strong voice and a leader in your industry by attending networking events and building connections within industry
Own a piece of Citrus Australia:
Share your ideas and concerns with Citrus Australia committees to be raised for discussion
Have input into Citrus Australia’s advocacy to government by providing evidence for our inquiry submissions and ministerial meetings regarding important matters such as industry fees, water regulation, and exports
Vote for Citrus Australia Board members
Reach out with interesting and innovative stories and technologies on your farm, for Citrus Australia to communicate with industry in the magazine or e-news
Provide feedback and suggestions to Citrus Australia on how to improve your experience
Be the first to hear of new data and information that impacts your growing decisions:
Receive letters from our CEO on critical matters affecting industry, when required
Get notifications on chemical updates, and changes to export MRLs
Access weekly shipping reports on exports*, six-weekly ABS reports, and reports on wholesale prices of citrus in China
Request national data on varieties, produce export, pest and disease, prices
Get your hands on a printed copy of the annual Australian Citrus Tree Census at the national forum
Have the Citrus Australia annual report emailed to you each year
Take 10% off your purchase of the Safe Ag Systems WHS digital safety management program and app
Access citrus industry communications to keep you in the know-how, both on paper and online:
See email announcements on important matters that Citrus Australia encourages you to note, such as grants, biosecurity alerts or changes to legislation
Pick up the quarterly magazine Australian Citrus News in your mailbox
Receive fortnightly e-newsletters in your inbox, on hot topics in citrus
Get your special invitation to Citrus Australia events and opportunities:
Access discounted member tickets to our national forum
Get email invitations to our free regional forums
Receive a 10% discount on any advertising purchase in our magazine and e-news on a 12-month subscription
Unlock the members section of the Citrus Australia website:
Find archive copies of the quarterly Australian Citrus News in the exclusive ‘members only’ section of the Citrus Australia website
See member only prepared documents on topics that matter to you, such as guide to Farm Labour and to COVID-19 in the orchard and packing shed
Access copies of Citrus Australia submissions to government
Still got questions?
We’ve heard the odd yarn from growers that doesn’t quite add up, so we thought we’d set some things straight.
Q. I pay the citrus levy, does that mean I am a Citrus Australia member? A. No. Citrus Australia is a not-for-profit member organisation. Our grower members pay the citrus levy, but they also pay a voluntary membership fee based on their hectares. Citrus Australia applies for levy funding to conduct Research and Development (R&D) projects, and is currently administering six of these.
Q. Where do my levies go? A. Your levy is collected at the first point of sale, which is generally your packing shed or the marketer you use. They send this money to the Federal Department of Agriculture (DAWE). The Department gives some of this money to Plant Health Australia (PHA), and some to Hort Innovation, who both invest in R&D projects based on industry needs. These investments are generally projects carried out by a range of service providers including Citrus Australia.
Q. Does Citrus Australia get my levies? A. Not directly. Citrus Australia participates in a competitive tender process to win levy funding and manage the R&D projects offered by PHA and Hort Innovation. We only apply when we feel we are best placed to manage these projects. This is why we rely on membership fees to conceptualise, secure and deliver these projects, by providing a stable business structure, a regionally based office, skilled staff, and a Board with oversight of eleven committees, enabling a fair representation of industry.
Q. I receive the Citrus Australia e-news and the magazine. Does that mean I’m a member? A. Not necessarily. We share the Australian Citrus News magazine and Citrus eNews with all of industry – our grower members, non-members (levy payers), and affiliate members. You can find out if you are a member by calling us on 03 5023 6333.
Q. I already pay levies and receive information from Citrus Australia. Why pay for a membership? A. It is true, as a levy payer Citrus Australia manages the administration of levy funded projects (through PHA and Hort Innovation) that you will see the benefits of. For example, the Australian Citrus News and Citrus eNews are levy funded projects.
As a member, you get so much more than that.
Want statistical data on shipping exports? We can create that for you. Want advice on MRLs for export to any market? We can clarify this for you. Want industry to have access to innovation from around the globe to protect you from biosecurity incursions? Want us to advocate to government on your behalf for changes to the Horticulture Award, or the right to irrigate your orchard in the Murray Darling Basin? Want to receive direct mail on critical updates to industry from our CEO?
We can do all of these things, but they are not funded by R&D projects. They are funded by membership fees, and whilst we’d really love to help you, if you are not a member, we won’t have the time to prioritise your request.
Q. I only grow a small acreage of limes. Why should I become a member? A. Whilst limes are a small category, you are still a very important part of the citrus family. How would we cook our fajitas, or garnish our gin and tonics, if it weren’t for limes? Being a member of Citrus Australia means that we value your input, and we want to hear from you.
Our ability to shape government policy, and to access markets, new chemicals, innovation and fight pests and disease, impacts all of industry, not just one type of citrus.
And whilst levy funding might mean that we work on a specific project, it doesn’t mean that the strategic plan for the company falls in line with whatever project is available. Citrus Australia is member owned, and member run. Your input is considered in all of our planning. Plus, you get access to the more personalised assistance we mentioned above.
Q. Why does having a representative body like Citrus Australia matter? A. When an exotic pest is found, Citrus Australia represents you the grower, and gives industry a collaborated and strong voice in the response.
When there is an issue in an export market, Citrus Australia will be there to help you. We represent industry to governments here and abroad, and we have networks and contacts to call on to assist.
When a global pandemic hits and we can no longer move freely throughout Australia or the world, we fight for the ability to keep your business open and functional, and your staff employed.
When government makes poor policy, we are your voice at State and Federal levels.
Whilst we deal with issues every day, we are always looking to the medium and long term to prepare industry for challenges and opportunities to lie ahead.
Not a member yet?
Show your support for the industry and Citrus Australia and join today… collectively we can make big things happen!