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The Policy Council is the engine room of Sheep Producers Australia.
As an organisation with national influence, Sheep Producers Australia is a leader in the industry and is responsible for looking beyond state borders and jurisdictions and advocate for issues that are not confined to individual regions or enterprises.

Sheep Producers Australia policy and advocacy vision can be summarised under three key objectives:

  • Enabling producers to influence government policy and drive change in their industry

  • Engaging with members to provide a united voice on national industry issues

  • Solving emerging industry issues and advocating with contemporary science and farming knowledge

The activities of the Sheep Producers Australia Policy Council are closely linked to the Red Meat 2030, the Sheep Sustainability Framework and the Sheep Producers Australia Strategic Plan for its content, direction, and monitoring.

As one unit with oversight over all policy matters, the Policy Council ensures that Sheep Producers Australia policy agenda is strategic, disciplined, and focused, seeking to develop policy and advocate on issues that are relevant to the sheep industry.


Please contact John McGoverne, Policy Advisor at Sheep Producers Australia to discuss the work of the Policy Council

Meet the Policy Council Members here. 


In June 2021, the SPA Board agreed to merge the four subject-specific policy committees into one Policy Council. The decision to move to a centralised Policy Council was made following a substantial consultation process with Members, and a detailed consideration by the Board.

The change to one policy making unit reflected the number of issues that were typically covered across all four committees and allowed a more efficient mechanism to develop and agree policy. It also allowed for Sheep Producers Australia’s policy strategy to be refreshed in line with the new strategic plan and the Sheep Sustainability Framework.

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