Sheep Advisory Group

Transitioning to industry

The Sheep Industry Fund administration and governance is transitioning to Livestock SA in 2019–20.

Information on the new process.

The South Australian Sheep Advisory Group (SASAG) is established under the Livestock Act 1997.

The Group advises the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development on the operation of the Act and how it relates to:

  • property registration
  • industry codes of practice
  • vendor declarations
  • regulations for the sheep industry.

The Group also advises the Minister on use of the Sheep Industry Fund.


The Group has 10 members who are appointed by Primary Industries and Regions SA’s (PIRSA) Chief Executive Officer. Go to the list of all current SASAG members.

  • 6 are selected from the commercial sheep industry and, where possible, represent:
    • the pastoral zone
    • commercial wool-growing sector
    • high rainfall zone
    • cereal zone
    • prime lamb producers.
  • one member is nominated by Livestock SA.
  • one member is nominated by the  SA Stud Merino Sheep breeders Association (Merino SA)
  • one member is nominated by Sheep-meat breed organisations.
  • one member represents the Minister as required by the Act.

Members who represent:

  • sheep industry organisations
  • the Minister

may request the appointment of a deputy.

Term of office

Member terms are up to 3 years. Members may apply for further terms of office.

Nominations for producer representative positions are called by public notice. A Selection Committee will be used to choose a candidate if there are multiple applications.

The Selection Committee includes:

  • the SASAG Chairperson
  • the SASAG Ministerial representative
  • a Sheep Industry Fund contributor independent of the advisory group.

Industry organisations must establish their own criteria when choosing nominees.

Casual vacancies may occur as a result of a resignation or death of a member.

These vacancies are filled in a number of ways:
  • Organisations nominate a replacement if their member created the casual vacancy.
  • Open industry positions may be filled by an un-appointed applicant from the last industry call for the position. Applications will be reviewed by a committee including
    • the SASAG Chairperson
    • the SASAG Ministerial representative
    • a Sheep Industry Fund contributor independent of the advisory group.

The vacancy will be recalled by public notice if there are no suitable applicants.

Members filling a casual vacancy hold office for the remaining term of the member they replaced.


The Members of the SASAG will elect the Chairperson and deputy from within their members.

The Chairperson and deputy’s Term of Office is up to 12 months, dependent on the member’s term of office. The outgoing chair may renominate for this vacancy.


There are a minimum of 4 meetings held per annum. More meetings are held when necessary.


Voting rights accrue to all SASAG members. Members who represent:

  • sheep industry organisations
  • the Minister
may assign this right to their deputy in their absence.

All members of the Advisory Group have the right to lodge a vote with the Chairperson if they will be absent from a meeting.

There must be a minimum of 5 members to conduct a meeting. The 5 members must include the Ministerial Representative or their nominated deputy.

When the SASAG Chairperson is absent the deputy chairperson will act in this capacity.

The SASAG Chairperson has a deliberative vote. Tied votes will be considered to have lapsed.

A meeting of the SASAG may be conducted by electronic communication.

Public meeting

A public meeting is held by the Group in the first 6 months of each financial year. The meeting will be advertised in the Stock Journal.

The Group will present the management plan and Annual Report at the public meeting.

Sheep Advisory Group Annual Reports

Page Last Reviewed: 03 Jan 2018
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