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Dairy Australia has two member groups, Group A for dairy farmers and Group B for peak industry bodies.
The Dairy Australia Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 will be held on Friday 27 November 2020 11.30am – 1.00pm AEST.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this will be a ‘virtual’ event only and provided via an online platform, enabling dairy farmers across Australia to participate.
The AGM will provide an update on our activities during the past year, including key programs and investments and the benefits they’ve delivered for dairy farmers and the wider industry. Members will be able to listen to the proceedings, view the presentations, ask questions of the Board and vote for Director elections in real-time.
This year there is no pre-registration process as the meeting will be held live online and webcast via the Lumi online platform that will manage the voting process and Q&A.
Members and guests can log in to the meeting using a computer, mobile phone or ipad/tablet device.
Logging in to the meeting is easy:
Detailed instructions can be found in this meeting guide.
There are three Board vacancies at this year’s AGM due to the expiry of board terms for three serving Directors. These comprise two positions with Milk Producer skills and one position for a Director with Agribusiness, Innovation and Change Management skills.
A total of six candidates will contest these three Board vacancies in the Director elections.
Three Board supported candidates have been selected by our Board Selection Committee. Tania Luckin and Roseanne Healy are both current Directors and will stand for re-election, while Paul Roderick has been selected as a candidate for the first time.
David Beca, Carlie Barry and Phil Ryan will also stand as candidates, after their nominations were supported by at least 100 Group A members of Dairy Australia (farmer levy payers). Obtaining the support of at least 100 Group A members provides an alternative path to election as a Director under Dairy Australia’s Constitution outside of the Board Selection Committee nomination process.
In accordance with Dairy Australia’s constitution, the Board Selection Committee has determined based on their skills, that the following candidates will be standing against each other:
We encourage all levy payers to become members of Dairy Australia in order to have a say in the direction of the organisation including the election of Directors. Membership is voluntary and free for licenced Australian dairy farm businesses.
Read more on Our Director nomination process.
All dairy levy payers who are members of Dairy Australia are eligible to vote. Voting entitlements have already been mailed to Dairy Australia members.
If you have any membership enquiries please call our toll-free memberline on 1800 004 377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership of Dairy Australia is voluntary and free to dairy farm businesses contributing to the Dairy Service Levy.
Levy payers are encouraged to become members. Membership entitles a say in the direction of the organisation and the election of Dairy Australia Directors.
There are three ways to register for membership or check your membership status:
The deadline to register as a member to participate in this year’s Director election is 23 October 2020.
If you are entitled to vote at the meeting, please read the How can I vote on different ways you can exercise your vote. Please note that your Dairy Enterprise Number (which you will need to cast your vote) can be found on your Levy Entitlement Letter.
Key documents and speeches of past AGMs can be found below.
The 2019 Dairy Australia Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Friday, 29 November at Lardner Park, near Warragul in Gippsland.
At the AGM, Dairy Australia Chair Jeff Odgers and Dairy Australia Managing Director David Nation acknowledged the tough conditions during the season. They provided an overview of Dairy Australia’s activities supporting farmers, along with an update on industry initiatives underway to support dairy farming. Members were invited to ask questions at the meeting.
Official items of business in 2019 included:
Dairy Australia members voted to elect three candidates to the board of the organisation. Jeff Odgers and Professor Paul Wood AO were re-elected as Directors for the milk producer and research and development positions, respectively. Josephine Rozman was elected to fill the finance and governance position. Jan West AM retired from the Board.
The AGM was followed by a tour of the DairyFeedbase project at Agriculture Victoria’s nearby Ellinbank Dairy Research Centre. DairyFeedbase was launched in 2018 as a co-investment with Agriculture Victoria and Gardiner Dairy Foundation, in order to bring new technology in a practical way to the management of pastures and feeding of cattle.
The 2018 Dairy Australia AGM was held on Friday, 30 November 2018 in Melbourne.
The AGM was an opportunity for farmers to connect and network with other members and Dairy Australia team members. Presentations by Dairy Australia Chair Jeff Odgers and Dairy Australia Managing Director David Nation acknowledged the achievements of 2017–18 and set the agenda for the year ahead. Members were invited to ask questions at the meeting.
Official items of business in 2018 included:
Dairy Australia members voted to elect three candidates to the board of the organisation. James Mann, David Lord and Roseanne Healy were elected to fill the director vacancies, each of the three roles requiring unique skills and expertise.
David Lord and Roseanne Healy replaced retiring directors John McKillop and David Mallinson.
Download the Dairy Australia Annual Report 2017-18.