Director Nomination Information

About the Company and the Directors Role


AOA is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. All directors must be financial members of the AOA.


The AOA Board is responsible for running the company and upholding the constitution. A director’s legal responsibilities are governed by the Corporations Act 2001 .


The Board is comprised of a maximum of 10 Directors. 6 Directors (state directors) are nominated by members in each respective state (one per state) and appointed by the Board; 3 Directors are nominated by Large Enterprise Group (LEG Directors) and appointed by the Board; and an independent Chair who is appointed by the Board.


Board meetings are currently held a minimum of 7 times per year, being a mix of face to face meetings (COVID permitting) and online. Directors are expected to attend most meetings.


In addition to Board meetings, directors are also involved on sub-committees on a range of matters eg biosecurity, pest and disease, technical, consumer awareness and education, etc.


State directors may also be required to attend meetings and activities of state and regional olive organisations; and to be part of representations to state politicians, government officials, and NGOs on issues impacting on the olive industry.


Directors receive no sitting fees or other remuneration for the director roles but their travel, accommodation, and meal costs associated with attending Board meetings and official AOA duties are covered.


Directors are covered by the Association’s liability insurance policy for professional indemnity, voluntary workers insurance and public liability.


Key Duties for an AOA Director

  • Act in the best interests of the company at all times;
  • Uphold the AOA Constitution;
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times;
  • Think and act strategically with a national focus while understanding state, regional, and individual grower issues;
  • Disclose any conflicts of interest at meetings or in any dealings with the company;


Desirable Attributes for an AOA Director

  • Possess an extensive olive industry supply chain network in the state they are being nominated from;
  • Be a team player with good communication skills;
  • Be able to allocate time for, and commitment to, the director role;
  • Be computer literate with access to the internet and email.