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Appendix 8: Presiding Member Rural Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee

Presiding Member Rural Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee

29 September 2020

The Hon. David Littleproud MP
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Minister

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee
Report for activities 2019–20 financial year.

This report summarises the activities of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Selection Committee for the 2019–20 financial year, pursuant to section 141 of the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1898 (PIRD Act), in relation to the nomination of directors for appointment to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (trading as AgriFutures Australia).

Establishment of the selection committee

The RIRDC Selection Committee was established under the PIRD Act for the purpose of nominating seven persons for appointment as directors of AgriFutures Australia.
I was appointed by you as the RIRDC Selection Committee Presiding Member on 30 March 2020, for a period ending 31 December 2022. From my nominations, following consultation with the RIRDC’s representative organisations—Australian Chicken Meat Federation and National Farmers’ Federation—you appointed the other selection committee members on 26 May 2020 as follows:

  Mr Geoffrey Annison

  Dr Alexander Ball

  Ms Christine Hawkins AM

  Ms Robbie Sefton.

Huntsman Recruiting, an independent specialist recruitment firm, assisted in the recruitment process but did not play a part in the selection of the director nominees.
2020 Selection Process

Applications were called for through advertisements placed in The Australian Financial Review and The Weekend Australian, which have national circulation, on 1-2 May and 8-9 May 2020. Details of the vacancies were also distributed through a range of electronic networks, including social media, Women on Boards and Boardlinks champion, to ensure a broad range of candidates were considered. The representative organisations were also invited to nominate candidates for consideration by the selection committee. Applications closed on 17 May 2020. A total of 426 applications were received, of which 152 were from female applicants. Four current directors applied for reappointment.

The selection committee undertook relevant consultations with the AgriFutures Australia Chairperson, Mrs Kay Hull AM, on 29 May 2020 about the skills and future directions for AgriFutures Australia. Applications were considered by the selection committee a virtual meeting held over Zoom on 18 June 2020 and a shortlist of 22 candidates were selected for interview. This included the four current directors.

Interviews were conducted over the last week of June 2020 and the first week of July 2020, using Zoom. Secretariat services were provided by Huntsman Recruiting.
Expense incurred by the selection committee in the 2019–20 financial year was for Secretariat Services:

Secretariat Services $5,500.00
Total $5,500.00

Further details of remainder of the selection process will be provided as part of the report of activities of the selection committee in the 2020–21 financial year.

Presiding Member Rural Research and Development Corporation Selection Committee Terry Enright Presiding Member, RIRDC Selection Committee
Terry Enright Presiding Member, RIRDC Selection Committee

Terry Enright
Presiding Member
RIRDC Selection Committee