Policy Advisory Groups
Policy Advisory Groups (PAGs) play a key role in setting Australian Dairy Farmers’ (ADF) advocacy objectives and driving policy formulation. They also help to ensure dairy interests are properly represented at a domestic and international level.
ADF has five policy focus areas, each with a dedicated PAG comprised of elected state farmer members. These groups are led by a farmer appointed Chair, working in collaboration with ADF policy officers to discuss priorities and strategic direction. PAGs recommend policy settings to ADF via the National Council and also act in an advisory capacity providing feedback to Dairy Australia, state dairy farmer organisations (SDFOs), and other bodies like the National Farmers' Federation and the Australian Dairy Products Federation.
PAGs are appointed by the ADF Board every year to ensure ADF business members with the right skills, talent and interest are involved, and can meet up to three times a year. While PAGs are not the primary decision-making bodies at ADF, the advice and perspective that they provide is invaluable in shaping ADF’s National Council and Board policy direction and advocacy efforts.
The five PAGs are formal committees of the ADF Board and are responsible to the Board, via the ADF National Council. Their primary function is to assist the Board and National Council in fulfilling the following responsibilities:
- Develop appropriate business goals and objectives
- Research potential policy settings and interpret dairy industry implications
- Execute action items on PAG work plans
- Formulate ADF and Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) strategies and policies
- Provide feedback to Dairy Australia Reference Groups
- Consult with and provide feedback to the State Dairy Farmer Organisations (SDFOs) and key partners, in particular Dairy Australia, National Farmers' Federation, the Australian Dairy Products Federation, the Australian Dairy Industry Council and Animal Health Australia.
ADF uses an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to invite ADF business members to register interest in serving on a PAG. The EOI process seeks people with enthusiasm and a strong commitment to the policy area. ADF business members are invited to lodge a brief statement indicating reasons for interest in the PAG and a brief summary of experience relevant to the PAG. If a prospective PAG member is interested in joining more than one PAG, they can apply to do so.
Applications become available in November each year and close at the end of January the following year. For more information about the PAG application process and desired skill sets and interests, click here to download your application form or contact ADF: firstname.lastname@example.org