WoolProducers calls on all shareholders to vote for change

WoolProducers Australia (WPA) is urging all shareholders of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to vote in this year’s AWI director elections.

Shareholders should be receiving their voter information packs either online or via post and voters must make their voice heard through voting and not giving a proxy.

WPA President Richard Halliday said ‘Last week’s Senate Estimates revealed the lack of transparency, independence and accountability with the current voting process with AWI’.

Under questioning from the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport (RRAT) Senate Committee, AWI were unable to clearly articulate the process of selecting Board Nomination Committee (BNC) members, including the independent members required under their Statutory Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth.

‘Given that a number of previous so called independent BNC members are either now AWI Board Directors, running for the AWI Board or were previous Board Directors, calls into question the integrity of this whole process.’

‘WPA are calling on woolgrowers to take the time to consider the information provided and vote in the best interests of their organisation and not appoint a proxy.’

It was also revealed, amongst other things that the Chair receives an enormous amount of proxies and does not have to declare where he allocates undirected proxies.

‘WoolProducers does not believe that there is adequate transparency or accountability in this process’. Mr Halliday said.

According to the Board Nomination Committee report, the BNC has assessed all five candidates running for this year’s election considers that they are collectively of a high standard, and capable of making a contribution to the skills of the board in one or more areas.

AWI state that shareholders have the power to direct the company, so it is incumbent on woolgrowers that if they are not happy with the current operations of AWI to vote for change.

‘As a company responsible for the expenditure of a compulsory levy, AWI shareholders cannot sell their shares if they are unhappy with how it is running, so now is the time to make your voice heard’. Mr Halliday said.



WoolProducers Australia contact:

Richard Halliday


0428 854 759


Jo Hall

Chief Executive Officer

0488 554 811