VFF members invited to lead policy and advocacy advisory committees

VFF members will have the opportunity to put their hand up to lead the VFF’s policy and advocacy efforts in the new year.

The VFF’s Issues Advisory Committees are responsible for driving the VFF’s policy and advocacy agenda on the issues that impact all farmers.

In line with the requirements to maintain two-year terms, all Issues Advisory Committee (IAC) memberships will expire on 29 February 2024.

Applications for the following IACs will open on Monday 15 January 2024 and will close on Friday 9 February 2024:

•              Farm Business & Transport Committee

•              Farming Systems Committee

•              Planning, Environment & Climate Change Committee

•              Workforce & Social Policy Committee

•              Water Council

All applications will be considered by the VFF Policy Council which will decide on committee appointments at its scheduled meeting on Thursday 29 February 2024. This will be the changeover date for all committee member terms.


Each committee’s membership is made up of a Chair and up to five (5) members – save for the Water Council which has a Chair and 11 regional representatives. The Policy Council may appoint additional members to committees where it deems it necessary.

Committee members are required to be members of the VFF with full voting rights. Bronze level and associate members are not eligible for appointment / election.

Members may not serve on a committee where they have served four (4) consecutive terms as a member, or as chair of a committee where they have served four (4) consecutive terms in that role. The Policy Council may at its discretion waive this requirement where there remains a vacancy.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for IACs and the VFF Policy Council are available from the VFF website.

Water Council

Water Council positions (except for the position of Chair) are determined by a direct member election process. Where more than one nomination is received for a regional representative position, an election will be held.

Any elections will be conducted as an online ballot with voting to open on Tuesday 13 February 2024 and close on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

Where there is a vacancy for a regional representative position, members will be invited to make an application to be appointed to the vacancy as soon as possible so it can be considered at the February Policy Council meeting.