Applications have opened for three director vacancies on Dairy Australia's board ahead of elections and the November annual general meeting.
Two of the vacant positions are for directors with milk producer skills, while the other vacancy requires a director with dairy supply chain and product promotion skills.
The terms of two serving directors expire this year and another has retired.
Current directors James Mann, the DA chair, and David Lord have indicated they will stand for re-election, while Graeme Nicoll (who is serving in an interim capacity following the retirement of Jeff Odgers) will not stand for re-election.
DA Board Selection Committee chair Professor Paul Wood said all levy payers had been advised of the vacancies.
"This is an important time as we work towards delivering against our strategic plan, and provide services that benefit and advance dairy farm businesses and the industry, including investment in research and innovation, learning and capability development, marketing, policy research, market insights, and trade development," Prof Wood said.
"We want to hear from candidates who are passionate about shaping a more profitable and sustainable industry."
DA's board is made up of eight non-executive directors and the managing director.
The board provides oversight of the organisation and ensures the dairy levy is invested in programs that support the profitability and sustainability of dairy farmers.
A Board Skills Matrix specifies the mix of skills required by directors and is a requirement of DA's funding agreement with the Commonwealth.
To stand for election, applicants must undergo a selection process overseen by a Board Selection Committee.
Alternatively, candidates may stand for election if their nomination is endorsed with the signatures of at least 100 current Group A members.
Candidates interested in applying for the director positions should refer to DA's website www.dairyaustralia.com.au/directorelections and applications are to be received by May 31 2021.