Building industry capability
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SPA’s focus is on building industry leadership capability by upskilling our industry groups and leaders throughout the supply chain. SPA operates a range of programs and ensures participants remain engaged in the organisation’s activities through the Future Flock Network.

YOUR INDUSTRY

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Building industry leadership capacity is a priority in the Sheep Industry Strategic Plan 2020 and SPA has a suite of activities to achieve the industry’s goals.

YOUR VOICE

Participants in the Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program visited Parliament House this week, including (back) Allison Harker, Peter Thomas, Amanda Olthoff, Michael Wright, Alister Persse, Dan Korff, Josh Sweeney, John McGoverne, David Lomas and Ben Haseler with (front) Elise Bowen, David Young, Graeme Sawyer and Isaac Allen.
SPA’s objective is to develop sheep producers’ capacity in the areas of industry leadership and governance.

YOUR FUTURE

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The long-term success of the sheep industry will depend on the skills of people that work along the supply chain.

Since 2016, Sheep Producers Australia’s focus has been to build leadership capability in the sheep industry. It is working with Meat & Livestock Australia on a joint leadership project, Building leadership capability for the sheep industry. The project will ensure the Australian sheep industry attracts, develops and retains people with the right leadership skills to contribute to the long-term viability of the industry.

In October 2017, SPA was successful in its bid to the Australian Government’s Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund. SCA’s application to the fund included development of an alumni designed to provide information, opportunities and leadership development through innovative platforms.

Building industry leadership capacity is a priority in the Sheep Industry Strategic Plan 2020. SPA’s supporting activities include:
  • Identifying young sheepmeat industry ambassadors to engage them with SPA and its activities.
  • Developing sheep producers’ capacity in the areas of industry leadership and corporate governance.
  • Mentoring and developing leaders to ensure succession planning for SPA and high level support for the industry.
  • Delivering the Sheepmeat Industry Leadership Program through the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.
  • Coordinating an industry-wide alumni to link all leadership program participants.
SPA operates a range of programs for sheep industry personnel including:
  • Sheep Industry Leadership Program. SPA wants to champion leaders in the industry and upskill them to take on greater roles in the future. The Sheep Industry Leadership Program is being delivered by the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) and features two intakes – in 2017 and 2018. Through involvement with SPA, participants will develop a greater understanding of leadership roles and responsibilities in the industry and the value of collaborations, advocacy and effective negotiation. Find more information at sheepproducers.com.au/silprogram/
  • Sheep Industry Governance Scholarship. Part of the ‘Building leadership capability for the sheep industry initiative’ is to develop sheep producers’ capacity in the area of corporate governance. To do this, SPA and MLA offer sheep producers an opportunity to complete the Company Directors Course, run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Find more information at sheepproducers.com.au/governance/
  • Sheep Industry Ambassador Award. The Sheep Industry Ambassador Award acknowledges the contributions of outstanding young sheep producers and their potential as future industry leaders. Ambassadors are required to work with SPA in the role for a two-year period. The award includes all-expenses paid domestic and international travel opportunities as well as a comprehensive professional development program and exposure to leading industry influencers.

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