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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2016-17
STAKEHOLDER INVESTMENT FOCUS Woolgrower Representative Bodies AWI’s objectives are to provide all relevant grower representative bodies with the opportunity to be informed, engaged and consult with AWI to provide feedback on their member priorities for research, development and marketing. Market Access To work with domestic and foreign governments and welfare stakeholders in key markets to minimise the obstacles to commercial trade. To manage sensitive issues in order to protect the industry from external threats. Government AWI aims to work productively with government stakeholders to ensure a sufficient understanding of the wool industry, AWI priorities, and outcomes of AWI’s investments, and to ensure statutory compliance. STRATEGIC TARGETS Targets for three-year period 2016/17 to 2018/19 Progress during 2016/17 1. AWI reports on and meets its statutory requirements every six months. Achieved for 2016/17. AWI reported on its statutory compliance to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) on 2 December 2016 and 6 June 2017. DAWR confirmed AWI had met its statutory requirements at both meetings. 2. Measure positive change in stakeholder awareness of AWI’s activities and outcomes (evidenced through annual stakeholder surveys). In progress. AWI’s annual stakeholder survey commenced in Q4 2016/17 and is due to be finalised in Q1 2017/18. The most recent stakeholder survey shows increased satisfaction with AWI’s performance amongst woolgrowers. KEY RESULTS DURING 2016/17 • In late 2016, AWI finalised its Statutory Funding Agreement (SFA) for 2016-2020 with the Australian Government. The SFA sets parameters to ensure that AWI is investing woolgrower levies prudently and operates in line with levy payer and the Australian Government's expectations. • AWI focused on improving the effectiveness of its consultation with woolgrower representative groups in 2016/17. AWI undertook extensive work to develop a new Consultation Plan, seeking feedback from the Australian Government and industry representative bodies through AWI’s Woolgrower Industry Consultative Committee (ICC). AWI subsequently made a number of changes to improve its consultative process including the appointment of a new Corporate Affairs Manager and proactive and formal re- engagement of state farming organisations. The priorities identified in consultation with woolgrower representative groups were reported to the AWI Board and AWI staff and have guided the development of AWI’s 2017/18 Annual Operating Plan. • Throughout 2016/17, AWI has worked on improving the AWI Woolgrower Industry Consultative Committee (ICC) to ensure it continues to meet the expectations of members and the business needs of AWI. The ICC was established in 2010 as a formal mechanism to consult national woolgrower industry organisations. Recent improvements have included clarifying the purpose of the ICC to maximise its value, the development of a new briefing pack for members to improve the transparency of AWI’s reporting, and inviting guest participants from other woolgrower representative organisations, such as ASHEEP. The ICC comprises representatives from WoolProducers Australia, Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders, Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association, Australian Wool Growers Association, Pastoral and Graziers Association of Western Australia, a representative from the broad wool breeds and an observer from the Australian Government. • AWI also established the new role of Sheep Health and Welfare Advocacy Manager to focus on communicating AWI’s sheep health and welfare R&D and management activities to woolgrowers, domestic stakeholders and government. This has included briefings to update these key stakeholders of AWI’s activities in this area, the development of a new Managing Flystrike Manual for growers, and convening AWI’s annual Animal Welfare Forum that brought together animal welfare and animal rights groups and researchers to update them on AWI’s R&D program. Note: For further information on AWI consultation, see the section on page 54. REPORT OF 2016/17 OPERATIONS – WOOLGROWER SERVICES 39
AWI Annual Report 2015-16