Applications now open for AgriFutures Tea Tree Oil Program Advisory Panel


AgriFutures Australia is seeking to broaden the skillset of its Tea Tree Oil Program Advisory Panel by appointing two new members. Applicants with skills in communications and extension (strategy and implementation), formulation chemistry (in personal care, cosmetic, home care or over-the-counter products), manufacture, marketing, and promotion of Tea Tree Oil products are highly desirable. Individuals with agricultural experience in Tea Tree Oil production as well as other agricultural systems, are also encouraged to apply. Overall, AgriFutures Australia is seeking individuals with an interest in contributing to the profitability and sustainability of the Tea Tree Oil industry.

A position on the Tea Tree Oil Program Advisory Panel will drive research that spans both demand and supply of tea tree oil as well as extension activities. The successful applicants will work with other Advisory Panel members and industry stakeholders to provide direction for research, development and extension and assist in developing projects that deliver on key industry priorities.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual seeking to take the next step in their career development. Advisory Panel Members will gain, or reinforce non-executive director level skills, and will be instrumental in shaping an iconic Australian industry. The Tea Tree Oil Program Advisory Panel determines critical research, development and extension (RD&E) priorities to drive the growth, improve the supply and communicate the results to stakeholders to encourage practice change for the benefit of the Australian tea tree oil industry.

About the Tea Tree Oil Program

The AgriFutures Tea Tree Oil Program invests in RD&E that maximises opportunities and minimises risks for a profitable and productive tea tree oil industry. The program focuses on improving the consistency of supply of high quality product, through higher yielding varieties, agronomic advances, reduction in input costs and better adoption of the outputs of RD&E. The program aims to reduce the barriers to the Australian industry in the market by improving market access and reducing regulatory barriers. The program invests in effective extension for the adoption of RD&E outputs.

AgriFutures Australia receives the tea tree oil levy (statutory levy on tea tree oil sales) to invest in line with the industry objectives of the Strategic RD&E Plan. The current AgriFutures Tea Tree Oil Program Strategic Plan has three main objectives:

  • Improving supply
  • Increasing demand
  • Extension, sustainability and human capital

A key component of this program is an innovative tea tree breeding project designed to achieve step changes in yield and oil quality. A new tea tree oil extension project aims to assist the adoption of new practices for sustainability and productivity.

About the Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel currently consists of commercial tea tree oil producers, specialist researchers, and industry representatives with a range of skills and experience in research and production together with a representative from AgriFutures Australia.

AgriFutures Australia aims to maintain geographical, age and gender diversity to ensure that the Advisory Panel appropriately represents the tea tree oil industry.

The Advisory Panel, in partnership with AgriFutures Australia, provides recommendations on the allocation of research, development and extension funding for the AgriFutures Australia tea Tree Oil Program.

Advisory Panel Expectations

Advisory Panel members will be expected to prioritise and attend at least 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 Tea Tree Oil 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 Tea Tree Oil 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 and 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 (AEST), Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Apply now 

For more information contact John Smith, General Manager, Research via email or phone 0437 179 359.