New structure for Sheepmeat Council
Members of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia voted on Monday to adopt a new governance framework whereby the peak industry organisation will transition to a company limited by guarantee with a new name — Sheep Producers Australia Ltd.
The motions were adopted at a special general meeting of SCA in Dubbo, which included a new constitution and agreement for transition to occur before November 2017.
SCA president and Beverley farmer Jeff Murray says the council regularly reviews its governance arrangements and decided SCA should refine its operations to better serve Australian sheep producers and, in doing so, continue to reflect contemporary governance standards.
“This model brings a raft of opportunities for the entity such as greater engagement with producers and additional capacity for alternate funding and partnership models,” Mr Murray said.
“It’s an exciting move for the organisation as the peak body for sheep producers nationally.
“This governance review has been guided by members, who have been involved in a series of consultation meetings over the past few years, along with other key stakeholders, to determine which model would be most suitable for the future.”
SCA chief executive Dr Kat Giles says the new structure will give the organisation capacity to accommodate and adapt to changes in its operating environment.
“The organisation will continue to operate under the same objects, but will introduce a skills-based board to ensure the best interests of the national industry are promoted,” Dr Giles said.
“Policy committees will continue to provide policy recommendations for board approval.
“State farming organisations will be State members and there will be provision for organisational members and individual members once the structure is established.
“The consultation process with producers and industry stakeholders has been extensive with formal governance advice received to ensure we develop the optimum representative organisation.
“The change to Sheep Producers Australia Ltd, better reflects the role the organisation plays in representing all sheep producers in the production of sheep-meat.”
The changes to the constitution are aligned with the organisation’s obligations under the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act.
This will ensure that the important oversight relationship with Meat and Livestock Australia will continue.
MLA managing director Richard Norton says it is critical, given the dynamic domestic and global environment, that sheep producers have a strong representative body that can drive the industry forward.
The transition to the new company will take place over the next few months and is expected to be completed by November 2017.
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