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A Special General Meeting of the members of Livestock SA was held on 19 June and returned a result of 88% in favour of the organisation changing its corporate structure and moving to industry best practice governance.

Following a consultation period with members from 21 February 2024 to 17 May 2024, which included a series of regional in person meetings as well as online meetings, the Livestock SA Board sought members’ support for a new constitution.

Independent polling agency ‘TrueVote’ was engaged to conduct the ballot, which was live from 27 May 2024 to 16 June 2024.

553 members responded to the ballot, with 88% of members who voted supporting the resolution to adopt a new constitution.

The board structure, which will come into place at the 2024 Annual General Meeting in November, changes the size of the board to a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 9 directors including the chair.

New constitution quick facts:

  • It has been developed over the past 12 months based on the advice of a leading SA legal firm.
  • It will change Livestock SA’s corporate structure from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee. This increases the governance and legal compliance standards for the organisation and its board.
  • It will not affect the work Livestock SA does, but it will ensure the organisation is properly governed, more transparent and more accountable to members and other stakeholders.
  • It incorporates member feedback received during a three-month consultation process that included 4 in person meetings around the state and 2 online meetings.
  • It changes the size of the board to a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 9 directors including the chair.
  • The board composition must always have a minimum of 3 elected sheep producers and 3 elected cattle producers who can appoint up to 3 skill-based directors if/as needed.
  • The directors will operate on a three-year term for a maximum of 3 consecutive terms.
  • The current board members will hold office until the end of the 2024 AGM in November.
  • It does not have any impact on the current review of the organisation’s committee structures. The organisational alignment and efficiencies sought through this process is separate to adopting a new constitution.
  • Adopting a new constitution does not change how the Industry Funds are collected and spent – this authority and approval remains with the Minister for Primary Industries as it always has.