Applications now open for AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Advisory Panel


AgriFutures Australia is encouraging exporters, agronomists, hay processors and animal nutritionists, with an interest in contributing to the profitability and sustainability of the export fodder industry, to apply for the AgriFutures Export Fodder Advisory Panel. Applications close 12 noon (AEDT) Tuesday, 17 November 2020.

AgriFutures Australia currently has two positions open to exporters, agronomists, hay processors and animal nutritionists with direct experience in export fodder production.

About the Export Fodder Program

The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program aims to invest in research, development and extension (RD&E) that harnesses leading edge technologies to develop competitive advantage in export fodder markets.

AgriFutures Australia receives the export fodder levy to invest in line with the industry objectives of the five-year RD&E plan which has a focus on RD&E to develop new varieties of oaten hay for export markets, optimise current varieties via agronomic controls, chemical use integrity, fodder analysis, animal nutrition, biosecurity and work health and safety.

About the Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel predominately consists of fodder exporters with significant experience in the production and export areas of the industry, together with a representative from AgriFutures Australia.

The Advisory Panel, in partnership with AgriFutures Australia, provides recommendations on the allocation of RD&E funding for the AgriFutures Australia Export Fodder Program.

Advisory Panel expectations

Advisory Panel members will be expected to prioritise and attend a maximum of four Advisory Panel meetings each calendar year, plus additional AgriFutures Australia meetings and training sessions as required (maximum two per year). These are held in varying locations, across Australia, or via videoconference at the discretion of AgriFutures Australia, the program manager and the Advisory Panel.

Advisory Panel members are expected to attend meetings fully prepared, having read all discussion papers and completed all pre meeting activities such as assessment of preliminary and full research proposals. Adequate preparation will enable a proper level of participation in the meeting discussion, ensuring appropriate investment decisions are made on behalf of the industry.

The expectation for preparation and attendance could be up to 20 days per year including interstate travel.

Members of the Advisory Panel will be recompensed for their services to AgriFutures Australia at rates determined by the Commonwealth’s Remuneration Tribunal. Advisory Panel members are entitled to sitting fees for meetings and travel expenses. Please note that Advisory Panels do not hold financial delegations.

Members of Industry Advisory Panels will be appointed by the Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia following a competitive skills-based assessment. The term of appointment of Panel members will initially be for three years.

Advisory Panel members are required to declare any Conflicts of Interests and sign a Confidentiality Agreement with AgriFutures Australia.

AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Advisory Panel Member roles / responsibilities

The key functions of AgriFutures Australia Industry Advisory Panels are to:

  • Advise AgriFutures Australia on the current state of the industry, and its RD&E requirements.
  • Provide recommendations on short-listed research applications consistent with the research priorities identified in the AgriFutures Australia Export Fodder 5-Year RD&E plan.
  • Advise on and assist with the dissemination, adoption and commercialisation of R&D.
  • Encourage industry voluntary contributions and co-investment by other stakeholders to support industry RD&E.

Applications close 12 noon (AEDT) Tuesday, 17 November 2020.

To apply, visit:

Lucinda Staley
Manager, Research
0448 401 717