Wool Selling Systems Review key dates Release of panel discussion paper: June 2015 One-date stakeholder workshop: July 2015 Final submissions: Open from August 2015 Final report to AWI: Second half 2015
WOOLGROWERS will have to wait until the end of the month to get hold of the Wool Selling Systems Review (WSSR) panel discussion paper following a two month delay.
The review commissioned by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) initially scheduled the paper for release at the end of April, but WSSR executive officer John Roberts, Adelaide, South Australia, said it was delayed until the end of June citing more extensive research was required.
"We [WSSR panel] put those deadlines upon ourselves and have since decided we needed more thorough research," Mr Roberts said.
"It's really just a case of wanting to do it right, and for the sake of a few weeks we thought we may as well get the extra research done."
The research was being conducted by agricultural economist Greg Martin, IDA Economics, Canberra, ACT and would be part of the final documented pending industry review.
"We wanted more time for the discussion paper so we could put it in a more thorough form as its going to be the subject of the stakeholder workshop we have at the end of July; the work we are doing now will probably expedite the process if anything," Mr Roberts said.
He said the WSSR panel discussion paper was designed to show industry the research findings and recommend further direction for the review.
"Wool selling is a self regulated market, we can't mandate it, industry have got to want to do these things. So we can put the ideas out there discussion and and with input from all stakeholders the industry can decide where the review should go."
Following the workshop, industry would have at least six weeks to make final submissions.
The WSSR received 68 initial submission earlier in the year, Mr Roberts said he had expected more, however, the panel was still pleased with the level of engagement.
He said centralisation of wool selling centres was one topic that had come up in many submissions.
"The heterogeneity of wool with so many types, so many homes it comes from and so many places it has to go, suggests there is not a one size fits all solution to this industry and we are certainly not kidding ourselves there is."
Mr Roberts said the delayed release of the panel discussion paper would not hold up delivery of the final WSSR report to AWI tabled for the second half of 2015.