Government opens EiO process for new PrimeSafe and Dairy Food Safety Victoria chairpersons

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Image credit: www.primesafe.vic.gov.au

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford has opened an Expression-of-Interest (EoI) process for the positions of chairperson for Victorian food regulators Dairy Food Safety Victoria and PrimeSafe.

Image credit: www.primesafe.vic.gov.au
Image credit: www.primesafe.vic.gov.au

Dairy Food Safety Victoria and PrimeSafe are the independent regulators of the Victorian dairy, meat and seafood industries, responsible for licensing producers, processors, manufacturers and distributors in their respective industries.

Tasked with ensuring that national food safety standards are met, both agencies play an important role in safeguarding Victoria’s food safety system and growing market access opportunities.

Announcing the opening of expressions of interest yesterday, the Minister said elected chairpersons will operate in a dynamic and evolving environment that aims to provide safe, wholesome produce for all consumers.

“This is an important opportunity to help shape the regulation of the Victorian dairy, meat, poultry and seafood industries,” Ms Pulford added.

“We’re seeking strong industry leaders to maintain the good reputation of Victorian dairy and meat industries while minimising regulatory burden, especially on the small businesses in the sector.”

According to the Minister, key requirements include a highly successful track record in leadership and the ability to be the public face of a regulator, with past experience within the dairy, meat, poultry and seafood industries to be considered an important asset.

“Those with relevant experience on a Board or committee, with demonstrated skills in governance and regulation, an ability to work collaboratively with government and respond to ministerial statements of expectations are encouraged to apply,” Ms Pulford said.

“The Andrews Labor Government is focused on growing agriculture, food and fibre business in Victoria and we need contemporary regulators that are responsive to the needs of these evolving industries.”

The minister also encouraged women to apply for the positions, a move in accordance with the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to appoint 50 per cent of women to Victorian boards.

Expressions of Interest for members will close on 24 January 2016, with interested parties instructed to forward their submissions via the ‘get on board’ website at www.getonboard.vic.gov.au.