Commercial honey producers, pollinators and researchers wanted: Applications now open for AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Program Advisory Panel


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AgriFutures Australia is encouraging commercial honey producers and/or pollinators as well as honey and honey bee researchers, with an interest in contributing to the profitability and sustainability of the Honey Bee industry, to apply for a position on the AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel.

This exciting opportunity is open to beekeepers with direct experience with commercial honey production and/or pollination service provision. Honey producers or pollination service providers looking to drive the honey bee industry and take the next step in career development are encouraged to apply. A position on the Honey Bee & Pollination Program Advisory Panel will give you direct access to frontline research and experts in honey, honey production and pollination services.

Researchers and scientists with experience in the honey or honey bee system are also encouraged to apply. It is important that researchers applying display knowledge in one of the following key areas of production: honey, honey bee, or honey bee pollination. Researchers with a broader empathy and understanding of the industry will also be considered. A position on the Honey Bee & Pollination Program Advisory Panel will drive research topics and priorities. The successful applicant will provide advice to researchers and help develop projects that deliver on key industry priorities.

About the Honey Bee & Pollination Program

The AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Program invests in research, development and extension (RD&E) that maximises opportunities and minimises risks for a profitable and productive honey bee industry. The program focuses on improving bee health, developing technology to assist producers, understanding the benefits of honey, understanding floral resources, and improving pollination outcomes for honey bees.

AgriFutures Australia receives the honey levy (statutory levy on honey sales) to invest in line with the industry objectives of the Strategic RD&E Plan. The Honey Bee & Pollination Program Strategic Plan has six main objectives:

  1. Identify and develop technology for improved hive performance
  2. Increase capacity within research community and future industry leaders
  3. Improve understanding of nutrition best practice and disease interaction
  4. Improve understanding of the benefits of honey and develop chain traceability
  5. Improve understanding of pollination strategies that impact crop yields and improve hive health
  6. Improve understanding of floral resources as assets for the Australian honey bee industry

Key components of this program include technology development and extending what research has already been completed by the program.

About the Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel currently consists of commercial honey producers and pollination service providers, specialist researchers, and industry representatives with a range of skills and experience in the research, production, and pollinating together with a representative from AgriFutures Australia.

AgriFutures Australia aims to maintain geographical, age and gender diversity to ensure that the Advisory Panel appropriately represent the honey bee and pollination industry.

The Advisory Panel, in partnership with AgriFutures Australia, provides recommendations on the allocation of research, development and extension funding for the AgriFutures Australia Honey Bee & Pollination Program.

Advisory Panel Expectations

Advisory Panel members will be expected to prioritise and attend a maximum of four Advisory Panel meetings each calendar year and 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 inter-state 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 Honey Bee & Pollination 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 Honey Bee and Pollination RD&E Strategic 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.

How to apply

Applicants are required to complete the application form, skills matrix and attach their CV (no longer than three pages) via the online application system.

As part of the application process applicants will be required to outline relevant experience in the Australian agricultural sector and expected contribution to the Advisory Panel.

Submissions close 12 noon (AEDT), Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Apply now:


Annelies McGaw
Manager, Research
0407 987 738

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