The IFS Management Committees oversee the IFSs. The Schemes use authorised funding arrangements for producers to raise funds to address priority pest and diseases at a whole-of-industry level. As required under the IFS regulations, the Management Committee:
- Advises the Director General of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development on the administration of the IFS Accounts
- Consults with producers to understand the industry's views concerning the operation of the Schemes and the performance of the Management Committee
- Reports annually on the operation and effectiveness of the Schemes and any other matter relating to the operation of the IFS regulations
- Makes recommendations to the Minister regarding the Scheme's areas of operation and contribution rates
- Approves payments out of the IFS Accounts; and
- Approves programs and other measures to control pests/diseases specified under the IFS regulations.
A key role of the Management Committees is to fairly and impartially represent the best interests of the industry and Scheme contributors, and to provide effective governance of the Schemes.
The IFS Management Committees meet four times per year. Committee members are paid sitting fees and are eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses in accordance with the Public Sector Commissioner’s Circular 2009-20. Executive/administrative support is provided to by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
The process for appointing members to the Management Committees is governed by the regulations - an industry-based Appointments Committee assesses potential candidates and makes recommendations to the Minister for Agriculture and Food. The Minister appoints members with the approval of Cabinet.