Dairy advocacy team's pay, time uncertain

Joint Transition Team's secretariat announced but pay and time commitments still uncertain

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LEADERSHIP: Australian Dairy Plan workshops around the country highlighted advocacy reform as a top priority and applications are sought to join the team that will recommend change.

LEADERSHIP: Australian Dairy Plan workshops around the country highlighted advocacy reform as a top priority and applications are sought to join the team that will recommend change.

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The Joint Transition Team's secretariat has been announced but uncertainty remains regarding members' pay and time commitments just two days from the closing of applications.

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The time commitments and pay rate for those who will form the team developing dairy's new advocacy model seems to be in flux just two days out from the close of applications for the roles.

Applications for membership of the Joint Transition Team (JTT) close on Friday.

An Australian Dairy Plan (ADP) spokesperson said on Wednesday that the Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) lobby body will be the JTT's secretariat but could not be specific on the time commitment or what JTT members will be paid.

"The time commitment will vary over the course of the ADP project," he said.

"It will be expected to be significant at the commencement of the JTT and will also be significant as the JTT drafts its recommendations leading up and during October.

"Some face-to-face meetings will be required, however it is expected most meetings will be held remotely.

"Members' costs and disbursements will be covered.

"Any remuneration for members' time is not yet determined."

The decision to invite applications is a reversal of the stance taken by ADP independent chair John Brumby in an August 6 interview with the Stock & Land, who had indicated there was already enough interest expressed by participants in the ADP National Workshop.

Prominent SW Victorian dairy farmer Oonagh Kilpatrick welcomed the change, saying it was important that people who had not been at the national workshop should be given the opportunity to apply.

"I'm hoping this is a recognition of the importance of accountability to farmers," Ms Kilpatrick said.

The JTT has been given a late October deadline to recommend transformational change options to reform industry structures.

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