ADF Calls For Expressions of Interest in Policy Advisory Groups

Nov 27, 2014

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) today called for Expressions of Interest from ADF farmer members asking them to become part of one of the peak body’s Policy Advisory Groups (PAGs).

Expressions of interest close on 30 January 2015 and can be accessed via the ADF website.

PAGs play a key role in setting business objectives for industry and driving policy formulation. They help to ensure dairy interests are properly represented at a domestic and international level.

Mr Noel Campbell, President of ADF, said the role of the PAGs was critical to policy formulation for the long-term future of dairy.

“We face many challenges as an industry and have always relied on the vision, passion and participation of people within dairy,” said Mr Campbell.

ADF PAGs recommend policy settings to the 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.

“PAG members have made a great contribution to dairy over the last 70 years and we want this to continue,” Mr Campbell said.

Mr Campbell said the five PAGs including: Markets, Trade and Value Chain; People and Human Capacity; Animal Health and Welfare; Farming Systems and Herd Improvement and Natural Resources needed to be driven by farmers.

“We welcome and encourage direct involvement from dairy farmers to drive policy in the right direction,” said Mr Campbell.

PAGs are appointed by the ADF Board every year to ensure ADF business members with the right skills, talent and interest are involved.

PAGs can meet up to three times a year. There is a requirement for PAG members to attend the majority of meetings. When PAGs do meet face to face, expenses and sitting fees are covered by ADF in line with internal policy.

Background

PAG Skills and Interest

Ideally, a PAG will have members with a specific interest in that policy area and a complementary mix of skills and experience. The ADF National Council’s appointment of PAG members is based on assessment of each prospective PAG member and the likely contribution they will make to that policy area.

Generally PAGs will consist of six members including two to three National Councillors (some PAGs may be larger in order to accommodate members with specialist skills).

PAG Expression of Interest Process

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 interest and 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.

Current PAGs will continue until positions have been ratified in the first quarter of 2015.

Download 2015 PAG Application


Collective bargaining: A key negotiation approach

Nov 26, 2014

Officially launched by the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce in Taree, NSW, the ‘Collective Bargaining for Dairy Farmers’ guide is an easy to read document for dairy farmers interested in forming collective bargaining groups to negotiate with milk buyers.



Prepared by Dairy Australia, in conjunction with Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF), the guide aims to provide practical advice and insights for farmers looking to level the playing field between small suppliers and large milk buyers.


The guide explores the mutual benefits both dairy farmers and milk buyers can receive when collective bargaining is employed effectively. While not suitable for all, collective bargaining has the potential to deliver many benefits to dairy farmers, including supply chain efficiencies, new marketing opportunities, greater input into contractual terms and more certainty on price.


From the milk buyers end, collective bargaining can result in enhance milk quality, guaranteed year-round fresh milk supplies and improved two-way communications with the collective bargaining group. These mutual benefits show that when effectively employed, collective bargaining can be a win-win for both parties involved.


In 2011, ADF renewed its authorisation grant from the ACCC to collectively bargain with milk processors. This authorisation enables dairy farmers to form and register collective bargaining groups under ADF’s existing authorisation without having to separately apply to the ACCC.


For more information about collective bargaining groups and authorisation guidelines, please contact the ADF Office: (03) 8621 4200

Dairy Contract Negotiation & Industrial Relations Workshops

Nov 20, 2014

NSW Farmers’ Dairy Committee, in partnership with Australian Dairy Farmers, will host contract negotiation and industrial relations workshops for dairy farmers next month. All dairy farmers are welcome.

Covering topics ranging from basic contract information; to collective bargaining and family succession planning, the workshops aim to equip dairy farmers with key negotiating skills and the ability to understand their contractual obligations, to ensure the smooth functioning of dairy operations.

Topics:

  • Basic contract information and contractual rights for dairy farmers
  • Mediation on contractual disputes
  • Collective bargaining
  • Family succession planning
  • Employment obligations for dairy farmers

Key Presenters:
Keynote: Senior Counsel, Ian Coleman
Ian has more than 30 years experience working in commercial mediation, family and agriculture law. He is a former Federal Family Court Judge, and he is also admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW. He is a Mediator with the Rural Assistance Authority of NSW and also holds a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture (USYD).

NSW Farmers: Special Counsel for Industrial Relations, Matthew Waring
Matt is part of the industrial relations team at NSW Farmers and has almost 10 years experience in employment law and industrial relations, regularly dealing with large clients in agriculture and manufacturing.

Workshop Details:

  • Wednesday 3 December, the Grand Hotel, Bega: 9am-1pm.
  • Monday 8 December, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Camden: 10am-2pm.
  • Wednesday 10 December Casino RSM Club, Casino: 10am-2pm.
  • Friday 12 December, Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook: 10am-2pm.

To RSVP and for more information, please call NSW Farmers’ Members Service Centre: 1300 794 000.

South West Ladies are Legendairy

Nov 12, 2014

south west ladies Dawn Waite, South West Victorian dairy farm owner The Legendairy South West Ladies Group gathered in Warrnambool, Victoria this week to discuss opportunities to support, mentor and upskill women in dairy, and expand connections with women in other dairy groups.

Co-established earlier in 2014 by South West Victorian dairy farmers Simone Renyard and Roma Britnell, the group is comprised of around 15 dairy women, each of whom brings different experience and skills to the mix. The Legendairy group aspires to give back to their local dairy community, as well as learn from one another.

"Each member brings unique experience outside of dairy to contribute towards the group. We aspire to support and mentor women in dairy – and between us, we have plenty of enthusiasm to make it happen," said Ms Renyard.

Guest speaker, ADF CEO, Natalie Collard presented on her career path inside and outside of dairy,leadership and inspiring change. Ms Collard also encouraged the group to consider how challenging career moments can often lead to your greatest achievements.

Co-founder of the group, Roma Britnell also presented at the meeting on her recent trip to China, funded by The Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation. The similarity between Chinese and European dairying, as well as the first class robotic factories, impressed Ms Britnell and were of keen interest to the group.

The Legendairy South West Ladies Group is hoping to host a lunch in March 2015, with more information to follow.

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