26 March, 2018
WoolProducers Australia Raising the Baa in Industry Capacity Building
WoolProducers Australia is excited to announce that nominations for their ‘Raising the Baa’
Leadership in Agriculture Program are now open.
WoolProducers has identified a gap in industry representative capacity building within the Australian
wool industry. In order to address this gap, WPA pursued and were successful in obtaining a grant
under the Commonwealth Government’s Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.
WoolProducers President, Richard Halliday said ‘While there are a number of leadership programs
that exist in the wool industry, there was no program that focused on enhancing the governance
capacity of the industry’.
There are two separate components of the Program that WoolProducers are currently taking
nominations for - Australian Institute of Company Director (AICD) – Company Directors Course and
the WoolProducers Australia Youth Ambassador.
‘We are seeking nominations from interested parties who have a passion for the wool industry and
are active in any sector of industry throughout the supply chain’. Mr Halliday said.
The AICD Company Directors Course is a globally recognised qualification which provides
participants with a thorough understanding of corporate governance.
While the WoolProducers Youth Ambassador provides a young person, aged between 18-35 years of
age, with the opportunity to join the WoolProducers Board as an observer for a 12-month period.
Mr Halliday said ‘This concept is aimed at providing exposure and experience to young people who
have an interest in industry policy development and agri-politics in general’.
‘The Raising the Baa Program enables future leaders of the wool industry to gain knowledge in
compliance, risk, strategy, finance and the role of the board.’ Mr Halliday said.
Course costs, accommodation and travel expenses will be covered. Nominees will be required to
apply for these positions and all appointments will be merit based. Nominations close on 23 April,
WoolProducers Australia contact:
0428 854 759
Chief Executive Officer
0488 554 811
About WoolProducers’ Australia
WPA plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds
including compulsory levies or fees for service.
Its mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.
The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the
Australia Wool Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the
interests of growers are met.
WPA maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation as the voice of woolgrower
shareholders. It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting
responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.
WPA is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant
responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal
As the only wool grower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation,
WoolProducers is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members, and other
wool growers, to Australia’s peak farm body.
WoolProducers also works closely with the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
on key issues such as animal health and welfare, biosecurity, pest management control, natural
resource management, drought preparedness, emergency animal disease outbreak preparedness
and industry development, including research and trade.