Under Australian Eggs' funding arrangements with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, an independent performance review must be undertaken prior to the expiry and renewal of each Funding Contract.
As Australian Eggs' current funding contract concludes in early 2021, the performance review process commenced on 27 March 2020 and will be undertaken over the next five months.
The Review is being conducted by Anwen Lovett Consulting and will include engagement with Australian Eggs' stakeholders.
Any stakeholders that would like to participate in the review, or have queries about it, are invited to contact Anwen Lovett directly on 0418 284 169 or via email.
Australian Eggs' current five-year Strategic Plan concludes in 2021.
The Strategic Plan has a major impact on how levy funds are deployed on behalf of stakeholders as it sets out the goals and key focus areas that inform the development of each Annual Operating Plan.
Australian Eggs is open to feedback from stakeholders on any issue relating to performance. The key issues that emerge from the outset are:
Operating environment - what have been the key changes in the industry and market over the last five years and what impact should that have on Australian Eggs' focus?
Vision - does proactively supporting egg farmers to increase egg consumption and ensure industry sustainability remain relevant?
Structure - are Australian Eggs' goals, focus areas and vision still current, and could they be improved?
Innovation - do Australian Eggs' activities strike the right balance between high and low risk investments, and short and long term focus?
Collaboration - are there more opportunities to collaborate with other participants in the innovation supply chain?
Engagement - do Australian Eggs' stakeholder communication and feedback processes allow sufficient input to make activities commercially relevant?
Impact - are Australian Eggs' evaluation and reporting activities effective in driving transparency and accountability?
As part of the Strategic Plan consultation process, Australian Eggs invites written submissions from all interested stakeholders. Submissions can be made by inserting text in the field below or uploading a document.
Written submissions will be kept confidential by Australian Eggs and will not be shared with other stakeholders, including elected board members. Written submissions will be accepted until 12 June 2020.
Strategic Plan Consultation
In preparation for the development of a new Strategic Plan, Australian Eggs will conduct a consultation process a with a range of stakeholders to ensure that it reflects their priorities. Key stakeholders that will be consulted include levy payers, egg industry representative bodies, the Commonwealth and other RDCs. The consultation plan will run from April to December 2020 and is available at this link.
Australian Eggs works closely with egg industry representative bodies (IRBs) to ensure it has the benefit of industry knowledge and egg farmer feedback.
The main IRBs that Australian Eggs has close contact with are:
- Egg Farmers of Australia
- Queensland United Egg Producers
- Commercial Egg Producers of Western Australia
- Commercial Egg Farmers of South Australia and Tasmania
- New South Wales Farmers Egg Committee
- Victorian Farmers Federation Egg Group
Australian Eggs is also open to engaging with other IRBs that are currently operating or may form from time to time.
Australian Eggs’ engagement with IRBs is conducted in both a formal and informal basis. In preparation of the current Annual Operating Plan, Australian Eggs engaged with IRBs to report on activities to date and outline how the Strategic Plan would be brought to life through refinement of the marketing and research, development and extension activities. This included the incorporation of insights from the Australian Egg Industry Sustainability Framework into the Australian Eggs work program to ensure that priority issues identified by the public could be progressed.
This consultation revealed broad support for Australian Eggs’ strategic direction with emphasis placed on addressing recent Salmonella Enteritidis incidents through extension activities and further research.
In terms of informal engagement, Australian Eggs maintains regular contact with IRB representatives on emerging industry issues. For example, Australian Eggs operates informal consultation groups on specific issues including anti-microbial stewardship, industry statistics and export activities, and many IRB representatives participate in these processes across the year. Australian Eggs also responds to IRB requests for outputs that are consistent with our activities, such as the recently released Salmonella Risk Assessment Toolkit.
There is a significant degree of overlap between the representatives on IRBs and egg farmers such that IRB representatives have the benefit of a range of Australian Eggs’ engagement activities such as periodical and electronic newsletters, attendance at forums, participation in workshops and participation in industry consultative committees.