Board Openings


Board Director Opportunities Open – Encouraging Outstanding Applicants to Apply

Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) is the Peak National Industry Body for the Australian Sheep Meat Industry.  Based in Canberra, our purpose is to be a strategic leader working to benefit Australia’s sheep industry to achieve a productive, profitable and sustainable future. Our vision is to be a trusted influencer, leader and advisor for Australian sheep producers, industry, and government.

 SPA is governed by a skills-based board, comprised of a minimum of four and maximum of seven member-elected Directors and up to two Board-appointed Independent Directors.


Two Board Vacancies:

SPA seeks to appoint two member-elected Directors at our upcoming AGM in November.

The vacancies have arisen due to the completion of term by a member-elected Director, who is eligible to stand for re-election; and the other is a newly-created position.


Potential Candidates:

SPA encourages candidates who are passionate about the success of the Australian sheep industry and SPA, who possess a desire to contribute to the industry good and seek to further their professional governance expertise to apply.

The SPA Board values diversity of thinking, and skills that encompass a broad range of high-level knowledge and experience.  Currently the Board is seeking applications from candidates with demonstrated experience in two or more of the following areas:

  • Practical farming knowledge and experience
  • An interest and understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the Australian Sheep Industry & value chain
  • Strong farming and/or Industry networks knowledge
  • Good strategic thinking and analysis skills
  • Experience in managing organisations
  • Strong governance knowledge and skills
  • A passion to help the Industry prosper in the future

In accordance with SPA’s constitution, member-elected directors are appointed for a three year term.


How to apply:

Please read the SPA Director Information Pack 


Applications should include:

  1. Completed Application Form – download here
  2. Professional biography suitable for publication (approximately 150-200 words)
  3. A statement addressing the listed competencies selection criteria (up to 500 words)
  4. A current resume (maximum 2 pages)


Submit by email to: [email protected] or Board Selection Committee, Sheep Producers Australia, Locked Bag 9, Kingston ACT 2604


Applications Close: noon AEST on Friday 10th July 2020


 Selection Process

The SPA Board undertakes a skills analysis, determines the required skills to be sought in candidates in order to address any perceived skills gaps, and contracts an independent secretariat for the Board Selection Committee (BSC).

Following the closure of applications, the BSC convenes a meeting to identify a shortlist of candidates for interviews. Interviews are conducted in a panel-format with the BSC and will be approximately one hour in duration. During the interview, candidates will be expected to articulate their credentials for inclusion on the Board, such how they meet the criteria and how they can contribute to the Board, their ideas on SPA’s contribution to the red meat industry, their thoughts on industry issues; and the Committee will ask a series of questions. There will also be an opportunity for the candidate to ask questions.

Please contact Stephen Crisp on 02 6103 0838 or 0455 999 130 if you require further information.

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