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AWA News - April 2017

Dear Abalone Stakeholder

The AWA Project Team roadshow is well and truly underway! The team is visiting all abalone producing states to undertake consultation and feedback sessions about the Industry Marketing Levy, the proposed Five Year Promotional Plan and future opportunities. 

Update on the AWA Roadshow...

We want to keep all stakeholders in the loop with the Roadshow activities, the objective of these meetings is to ensure an understanding of what the levy means for the industry, the opportunities it can create, how you can get information about the process and have your say. 

In 2016 the team met with South Australian Abalone licence holders in October, followed by the Australian Wild Abalone exporters and the Abalone Association of Australasia (AAA) in November.  Following this consultation, changes were made to the proposed levy design as well as the Draft Marketing Plan.  This year, the AWA Team met again with the AAA, the Western Australian stakeholders at their February industry meeting - at these meetings they were presented with the updated Draft Marketing Plan 2018-2023 (available to download via this link). Since then the Project Team have been meeting face to face with key stakeholders to discuss the proposal and ensure they understand the process, and have an opportunity to ask any questions and have an input.

Please see below timetable of when the Industry Levy Briefing Roadshow will be visiting your state...

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or to organise a meeting with us, your feedback is valuable and may help shape the future of the industry.

Attend a Roadshow event near you... 

The AWA Project Team is coming to town near you! If you haven't had a chance to attend a consultation and feedback session please make yourself available for one of the dates below in your nearest location, or contact us if these dates and venues are not convenient and you would like further information
Hobart, Tasmania - Wednesday 12th April 2017           
Venue: Royal Yacht Club, Address: Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay TAS 7005 (Phone: (03) 6223 4599)
Briefing from: 1pm to 3pm, Wednesday 12th April, 2017

Mallacoota, Victoria - Thursday 20th April 2017        
Venue: Mallacoota Hotel, Address: 51-55, Maurice Ave, Mallacoota VIC 3892 (Phone: (03) 5158 0455)
Briefing from: 3.30 to 5.30pm, Thursday 20th April, 2017

Merimbula, NSW - Friday 21st April 2017               
Venue: Dolphin Room at Club Sapphire: Address: 119 Main St, Merimbula NSW 2548 (Phone: (02) 6495 1306)
Briefing from: 6pm to 8pm, Friday 21st April, 2017

Melbourne, Victoria - Tuesday 2 May 2017           
Venue: Bayview Eden Hotel, Address: 6 Queens Road, Melbourne VIC 3004
Phone: (03) 9250 2222
Briefing from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in Parkside Room 3 on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017

Hobart, Tasmania - Tuesday 16 May 2017              
Venue: Tasmanian Abalone Council, Address: 262 Argyle St, North Hobart TAS 7000 (Phone: (03) 6231 1955)
Briefing time: 10am to 12pm in TACL Board Room on Tuesday 16th May, 2017

Next Steps

The Consultation period will run from February to May this year, including industry consultation and meetings held in each abalone producing state. 

In June 2017 the Australian Electoral Commission will conduct an a secret ballot (subject to the Departments approval) and papers will be sent by mail to all quota owners and licence holders, the AEC will manage the returns and advise the outcome.

If positive support is received a submission will be prepared and discussed with the Minister in July to September 2017 with an anticipated Levy start date of June 2018.

We will continue to keep you updated throughout his process and will be available to answer any questions or comments you have - please contact us.

A little blast from the past...

Here's a little reminder of a 2016 highlight, just over a year ago today our Chinese Chef Ambassadors and winners of the AWA Innovative design competition were here in Australia on a Gourmet Adventure in abalone producing states, meeting the exporters, the divers and connecting with the source of our product. They showcased their skills in a true collaboration between our Australian wild product and their Chinese culinary skills at a Gala Dinner for Abalone stakeholders at the end of their trip.

for more information about program activities visit 

Find out more at

A dedicated website has been set up as a place for you to access all the important documentation including the Australian Wild Abalone Levy documents for Consultation: well as answer some of your Frequently Asked Questions about the Marketing Levy and the process, and provide links to other useful resources.

You will be asked to provide a password to access the website, please enter the password AWA (in capital letters)

We want to hear from you

If you have had a look through the information on the website and have any further questions, we want to hear from you, so please contact us

Just a reminder of the AWA achievements and key outcomes from 2015-16

The full Australian Wild Abalone 2015-16 Final Report containing the achievements from that year and key outcomes of the program is available for download here

The Australian Wild Abalone (AWA) Program is an initiative of Abalone Council Australia Ltd and has been supported since 2009 by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and the Australian Seafood CRC.  Following the closure of the CRC on 30th June 2015, the FRDC continues to support the AWA program through ongoing investment in market related R&D.  AWA Program promotional activities continued through 2015 and 2016 thanks to funding from the Tasmanian Abalone Council Ltd and direct financial investment by AWA exporters.  The AWA Program Team would like to acknowledge and thank the FRDC, the Seafood CRC, the Tasmanian Abalone Council and the AWA exporters for their ongoing support for this important industry initiative.
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