Peak Body for the Wool Producing Industry

WoolProducers Australia (WPA) is the peak national body for the wool producing industry in Australia, representing farmers who have an interest in growing wool. WPA advocates the industry’s interests to the Federal Government and internationally enabling woolgrowers to determine policy and drive change in their industry.

WoolProducers Australia is the only national organisation that can speak on behalf of the mainstream wool industry and represent the concerns and hopes of wool growers.

WoolProducers Australia is led by a National Executive made up of woolgrowers from around Australia. Each state farm organisation member is represented on the executive, while another three members are independently elected by the growers Australia-wide.

Democratically elected independent members gives anyone involved with wool growing in Australia the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team. This sets WPA apart from other grower groups and gives it the mantle of the true democratic voice of the Australian wool industry.

A National Voice for Wool Growers

WoolProducers Australia is proud to be the National representative of Australian woolgrowers, providing leadership on their behalf.

WoolProducers Australia plays a key role in working with the companies that are funded by grower funds – whether they are compulsory levies or fees for service – to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for industry. WPA carries the responsibility of appointing a director to the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are paramount.

WoolProducers Australia maintains a close working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) as the voice on behalf of their shareholders. WPA aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.

WoolProducers Australia is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak. WPA also provides advice to AHA on behalf of the wool industry on a day to day basis through its representation on national animal health and welfare committees.

WoolProducers Australia works closely with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on key issues such as animal health, emergency animal disease outbreak preparedness and industry development.

As the only woolgrower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation, WoolProducers Australia is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members to Australia’s peak farm body. The policy contribution to the National Farmers Federation includes environmental laws and regulations, climate change, water, industrial relations, taxation, international trade issues, economics and training.

WoolProducers Australia Vision

An Australian wool growing industry that is financially, socially, ethically and environmentally sustainable.

WoolProducers Australia Objectives

  • To represent all Australian woolgrowers by providing them with a unified policy forum on national wool issues.
  • To promote and carry on those activities necessary or advisable for the benefit and advancement of Australian wool growers social and economic well-being.
  • To maintain WoolProducers Australia as the recognised peak national body for the Australian wool growing industry.

WoolProducers Australia Key Priorities

  • Strong National Representation:
    • Unifying the voice for wool growers
    • Strengthening WPA’s position with government
  • Strategic Planning on behalf of the wool growing industry:
    • Consultation and engagement across the wool industry
  • Strategic Industry Policy Development:
    • Developing policy on behalf of the wool industry on broader industry and agri-political issues, both domestically and internationally
  • Animal Health and Welfare:
    • Oversight of responsible, efficient and effective spend of compulsory levy dollars
    • Developing policy on behalf of the wool industry in the crucial area of animal health and welfare
  • Workforce Development:
    • Facilitate innovation workforce development programs across the wool producing supply chain
  • Funding:
    • Ensuring WoolProducers Australia is a well-resourced national organisation

Industry Role

WoolProducers Australia plays a key role in working with organisations that are financed by grower funds – whether they are compulsory levies or fees for service – to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for industry. WPA works closely with the following grower funded organisations and applies two key principles to ensure the best outcome for growers:

  • Scrutinise the management, activities and programs of the organisation to ensure good corporate governance and accountability and effective use of grower fees and levies.
  • Work cooperatively with the organisation to add value.

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