GPA Grain Producer Membership
Frequently Asked Questions
GPA Membership – an Investment in Grower Profitability
As not-for-profit member-based organisation, GPA is the national body which represents the interests of Australian grain producers, to boost grower profitability and sustainability. By becoming a GPA Grain Producer Member, you’re also contributing to strengthening the voice of Australian grain producers and bolstering our capacity to advocate on national policy issues and achieve these goals. Being a GPA member ensures you’re participating in protecting and advancing the commercial interests of your grain farming business and building a better future.
GPA advocates national policy and also has core responsibilities representing about 23,000 levy-paying grain producer businesses, whether they’re GPA members or not, to meet various requirements under different areas of Federal Legislation.
These legislative responsibilities include; biosecurity, through Plant Health Australia with roles protecting growers’ interest under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (responding to incidences such as Khapra Beetle); strategic oversight of the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s investment of grower and government funds into RD&E projects and activities; and managing market access and chemical use and application, through the National Residue Survey.
Grain producers contribute 1.02 per cent of our net crop sales towards compulsory levies each year which comprises; the GRDC (0.99pc); EPPRD (0.005pc); Plant Health Australia (0.01pc); and National Residue Survey (0.015pc).
According to the latest report, between 2014-15 and 2018-19 the average paid in grower levies to all of these bodies was about $124 million.
What Does GPA Membership Provide?
As well as providing direct representation on the above areas, GPA Membership entitles you to receive regular communications such as news-letters and media releases to stay in touch on GPA activities and industry issues.
GPA Membership also provides you with the opportunity to directly participate in open and transparent processes that help influence positive change for grain producers and the Australian grains industry, through voting rights and entitlement.
GPA Membership also allows you to contribute directly to strengthening GPA’s ability to deliver projects and outcomes, as a not-for-profit member-based organisation, to benefit growers on matters such as farm chemicals and technology, trade and market access, sustainability etc.
How Is GPA Membership Calculated?
As per section 9.4 of the GPA Constitution, the annual Grain Producer Membership Subscription Fee is determined by the GPA Board. This Fee is currently set at 0.035% of the gross farm-gate value of grain production (GVP), to be calculated for the previous financial year, at the date of signing a Membership Application form. (A GVP of $200,000 for example equals a $70 Subscription Fee). This Fee also determines the individual member’s direct voting entitlements. A one-off $50 fee applies to all new applicants and the minimum Subscription Fee is $50.
After applications are processed and determined by the GPA Board, Grain Producer Members are formally notified in writing and then added to the GPA Members’ Register. The Register includes Member voting entitlements for General Meetings, as determined by Subscription Fee payments.
What About Members of State Farming Organisations?
Members of State Farming Organisations and their Grains Councils are already paid members with voting rights and other entitlements, within the GPA Business Member category. This membership category provides a collective and powerful voice to directly influence and determine national policy matters and outcomes, as members of the GPA Policy Council.
How Do I Join GPA Via The National Grower Register with my Grain Delivery Card?
Your GPA Membership and the Fee can also be nominated through the National Grower Register (NGR) system, when completing details of your Grain Delivery Card. However, this does not guarantee membership or the collection of subscription fees by GPA. This is due to privacy laws within the NGR system (Where GPA is listed as an ‘Identification Subscriber’) and the need for individual agreements between GPA and grain buyers/traders. Selecting the GPA Levy option on your NGR Grain Delivery Card will allow your GPA membership fee and contact details to be passed on to those you are trading with, if such an agreement is in place. Please notify GPA via email if you have chosen to pay your subscription fee this way.
What Are The Different Membership Categories?
Following feedback and to simplify this process help facilitate direct payments, GPA has introduced the following categories for Grain Producer Members, to nominate their level of individual support, and voting entitlements.
Platinum Member (30 votes) $1550
Gold Member (20 votes) $1050
Silver Member (10 votes) $550
Bronze Member (4 votes) $250
Direct Member (3 votes) $150
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