New Chair Sought For Animal Welfare Committee

28 June 2017

The Andrews Labor Government today called for Expressions of Interest for the role of Chairperson of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC).

The AWAC is a non-statutory committee that provides the Minister for Agriculture with independent and expert advice on significant animal welfare issues in Victoria.

Current Chairperson, Ms Carmel Morfuni, has decided to step down from the Committee in September following 12 years of dedicated service.

Ms Morfuni led the Committee through a significant period of change as it was reformed into an expertise-based committee.

The AWAC has been a significant contributor to the development of the draft Animal Welfare Action Plan, which will be delivered later this year once community and stakeholder feedback is considered.

As well as providing the Minister with strategic advice, the AWAC assists the Minister and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources review legislation and regulations, and improve the effectiveness of animal welfare policies.

Those with demonstrated governance skills, knowledge of animal, agricultural or veterinary science and public policy, and previous experience as a board chair, are encouraged to apply.

Animal welfare is a priority for the Labor Government, which is why it is actively seeking a high-quality candidate for this important position.

Details on applying for Chairperson of AWAC are available on the Government’s recruiting website ‘Get on Board’ at Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford

“I thank Ms Carmel Morfuni for her 12 years of service to this committee and to the welfare of Victoria’s animals.”

“If you have the skills, experience and passion to lead this important committee and make a difference, I encourage you to put your name forward.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale and Ambassador for Animal Welfare Lizzie Blandthorn

“Our government takes animal welfare seriously because we know it matters to all Victorians. Our Animal Welfare Advisory Committee provides valuable expert advice to improve the welfare of animals across the state.”

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