Animal Health Australia – 3 x non-executive directors

  • Location: Lyneham , Australian Capital Territory
  • Type: Recruitment
  • Job #2151

About Animal Health Australia
Animal Health Australia (AHA) is the independent national animal health body in Australia, bringing together government and industry to deliver animal health and biosecurity.

AHA's vision is to support a national biosecurity system that provides every opportunity for Australian agriculture to succeed at home and overseas.

AHA is a not-for-profit public company with 35 member organisations spread across three membership groups: Commonwealth, state and territory governments; livestock industries; and associate members. Members fund core company activities through annual subscriptions based on the gross value of production (GVP) of the jurisdiction or industry.

AHA is governed by a board of independent non-executive directors from across Australia. Directors are independently selected by a selection committee on the basis of complementary skill sets and appointed by AHA's members for a four-year term at the Annual General Meeting.

The board has established two committees to assist it in the performance of its functions, namely:

  1. the Audit and Risk Management Committee (ARMC), and
  2. People, Culture and Performance Committee (PCPC).

Key selection criteria
For the three non-executive director positions that AHA are seeking to fill, the board are seeking specific and demonstrated skills in at least one of the following:

  1. Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in biosecurity, including:
    1. the broader biosecurity environment pertaining predominantly to livestock;
    2. knowledge of international trends in animal health and biosecurity;
    3. the animal health system and animal welfare;
    4. the principle and practice of veterinary science;
    5. emergency preparedness, response and management planning and implementation;
    6. an understanding of the issues in biosecurity both locally and globally; and
    7. knowledge of contemporary and emerging research relevant to AHA.
  2. Experience, background and/or knowledge of agricultural industries, especially extensive or intensive livestock industries.
  3. Experience in strategic people management.

Additionally, applicants that may have one or more of the following skills would be highly regarded:

  • Demonstrated contemporary skills, knowledge and experience in government, including:
    • knowledge of the funding, delivery and management of government functions, including regulatory functions, and
    • policy development and application, especially as it relates to animal welfare and biosecurity.
  • The ability to work effectively in a member-owned organisation including in building trust and respect.
  • Current or prior experience in technology and data management, providing an understanding of the strategic opportunities regarding technology and data and how they might benefit AHA and its stakeholders.
  • Experience at board level, including a sound working knowledge of corporate governance systems and frameworks, including the assessment of strategic risks and opportunities, as well as a high degree of commercial acumen with experience in commercial business development and/or trade and market access experience.

Time and remuneration
It is estimated that directors are required to commit 18-20 days per annum to their role, inclusive of all preparation and travel time.  

Remuneration is $26,751 per annum excluding superannuation.

Travel, accommodation and ancillary expenses incurred as part of directors fulfilling their role are met by the company on a cost recovery basis.
The usual term of appointment for a director is four years.

The board would ideally like to have the new director in place for nomination at the November 2024 AGM.

How to apply
To submit your expression of interest, visit
You are required to provide the following documents as part of your application:

  • your current non-executive director resume (preference is for a maximum of three pages)
  • a covering letter stating what skills and experience you believe you can bring to the role, given the selection criteria.

Applications close at 9am on Monday 29 July 2024

For a full copy of the position description, please reach out to va***********@di****************.com.

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