AHA Membership

WoolProducers is the only wool industry member of Animal Health Australia (AHA) and is responsible for the expenditure of levy collected under the Australian Animal Health Council (Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996 in the area of animal health and welfare on behalf of the wool industry.

WPA’s relationship with AHA requires an over-sighting/decision making role regarding the spending of wool industry health and welfare levies. This involves an oversight and check in relation to two important components:

1.The Sheep Industry Trust Fund (SITF) – President and CEO are trustees. This Trust is a fund that is managed by AHA on behalf of the sheep meat and wool industry. Importantly there is an agreement between Sheepmeat Council of Australia and WoolProducers that funds moving in and out of the trust must be matched by both industry groups. This agreement ensures that in the case of an EAD both industries can access funds equally.

2.Wool Industry Reserves – Funds administered by Animal Health Australia on behalf of the Australian wool industry. Reserves fund industry Programs and Initiatives and the WPA Service Agreement:
a. Allocated – allocation to Special and Core Projects are signed off by the WPA Board and special initiatives are agreed by AHA Board and WPA. AHA provides reports to WPA regarding the progress and budget of Programs and WPA provides financial information and progress reports to AHA in relation to Industry Initiatives and Service Agreement.
b. Unallocated – these are industry reserves not yet allocated to Special and Core Projects or the SITF

AHA has 32 members that sit under five categories; the Australian Government, state and territory governments, livestock industry organisations, service providers and associate members. WPA, like all members pay an annual subscription fee to AHA for core subscription funded programs and the WPA Board is responsible for the direction of levies to fund special funded programs. The flow of producer levies through AHA is found at Attachment A.

AHA manages a number of national programs related to the national animal health system. These programs are either core subscription or stakeholder specific funded initiatives. Core subscription funded activities have a collective benefit and are funded at prescribed levels by all members while stakeholder specific programs are funded by primary beneficiaries.

More information about Animal Health Australia can be found here.

‘Animal Health Australia (AHA) is a not-for-profit public company that facilitates innovative partnerships between governments, major livestock industries and other stakeholders to protect animal health and the sustainability of Australia’s livestock industry.’

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