Applications Open: AgriFutures Australia Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel Chair


AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Chair of the Honey Bee & Pollination Program Advisory Panel. Applications are now open and close on Tuesday, 8 June 2021.

AgriFutures Australia has a clear vision to grow the long-term prosperity of Australian agriculture to create thriving rural industries and vibrant regional communities. AgriFutures Industry Advisory Panels are key to this. They provide strategic investment advice to AgriFutures Australia. These recommendations guide research, development and extension (RD&E) projects that are adopted and assists rural industries to be productive, profitable, and sustainable.

About the Honey Bee & Pollination Program

The AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Program aims to invest in research, development and extension (RD&E) that grows the long term prosperity of the Australian honey bee industry.

AgriFutures Australia receives the Honey RD&E levy and Australian Government funding to invest in line with the industry objectives of the strategic RD&E plan. The current plan has a focus on:

  1. Technology for improved hive performance,
  2. Capacity within research community and future industry leaders,
  3. Nutrition best practice and disease interaction,
  4. Benefits of honey and develop chain traceability,
  5. Pollination strategies that impact crop yields and improve hive health, and
  6. Floral resources as assets for the Australian honey bee industry.

About the Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel consists of people with a range of skills and experience in the research, commercial honey production, or commercial pollination service provision within the honey bee industry, together with one representatives from AgriFutures Australia.

The key functions of AgriFutures Australia Industry Advisory Panel 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 Strategic 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.

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

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 preparation and sitting fees for meetings, and travel expenses. Please note that Advisory Panels do not hold financial delegations.

Advisory Panel members must also declare any Conflicts of Interests and sign a Confidentiality Agreement with AgriFutures Australia.

About the Advisory Panel Chair

The Chair of the Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel is a pivotal role in providing guidance and governance into the function of the panel thereby, providing both Agrifutures and the industry with the confidence that the RD&E investment program is delivering against industry priorities and value to levy payers.

The primary objectives of this role are to:

  • Work closely with the AgriFutures Australia Manager, Research to develop meeting agendas and report outcomes of meetings back to the Advisory Panel members.
  • Chair effective Advisory Panel meetings that support an open and transparent decision-making process in accordance with the AgriFutures Australia procurement policy.
  • Ensure the strategic direction of the AgriFutures Australia Honey Bee & Pollination Program is maintained.
  • Ensure that stakeholder interests are accurately represented to the Advisory Panel.
  • Ensure that all Panel decisions are understood by Panel members and accurately recorded.

Advisory Panel Chair expectations

The Advisory Panel Chair will be expected to:

  • Actively engage with AgriFutures Australia and prioritise attendance at Advisory Panel meetings, plus additional AgriFutures Australia meetings and training sessions as required. The expectation for preparation and attendance could be up to 30 days per year, including interstate travel.
  • Be available outside Advisory Panel meetings for regular correspondence with the Agrifutures Australia
  • Attend meetings fully prepared, having read all discussion papers and completed all pre-meeting activities. Adequate preparation will enable a proper level of participation in the meeting discussion, ensuring appropriate investment decisions are made on behalf of the industry.

Position Requirements

This position requires the candidate to be a strong leader and align with AgriFutures Australia’s vision of creating thriving rural industries. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong chairperson skills and interpersonal skills, including but not limited to:

  • Running effective meetings
  • Time management
  • Contribution to meeting development
  • Balancing individual personalities
  • Remaining impartial
  • Tactful yet approachable.

Desirable Attributes

It is desirable for this role to have formal qualifications in governance (for example Company Director’s Course™ or equivalent), with a comprehensive experience in team management and strong interpersonal skills. Experience or knowledge of the honey bee industry is preferable but not essential, however must demonstrate a genuine commitment to the AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Program and engagement with AgriFutures Australia.

How to apply

Applicants are required to complete the application form and attach their CV (no longer than three pages) and provide two references via the online application system.

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

Applications close 12 noon (AEST) Tuesday, 8 June 2021.


Annelies McGaw

Manager – Honey Bee and Pollination, and Thoroughbred Horses | 0407 987 738