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NABRC | North Australia Beef Research Council


Position Vacant: NABRC Chair


Are you passionate about shaping the future of the beef industry in Northern Australia? The North Australia Beef Research Council (NABRC) is recruiting a Chair to drive innovation and facilitate collaborations to build a more prosperous north Australian beef industry.

  1. This is a challenging and influential leadership position and an exciting opportunity.

  2. The appointment term is three years, with an opportunity to extend for an additional three years.

  3. The role is estimated to take up to 100 days per year plus travel time.

  4. The Chair reports to the NABRC Management Committee.


NABRC is an independent organisation made up of cattle producer representatives, research organisations,

and education providers. These members work together to set the research, development, and extension

(RD&E) priorities for northern Australia. NABRC also provides leadership and advice to organisations who are

involved in beef cattle RD&E in Queensland, the Northern Territory, and northern Western Australia.

NABRC connects producers, researchers, and industry stakeholders and works to break down barriers

between research scientists and producers to guide research and adoption to benefit Australia’s northern

grassfed beef industry. As an independent association, NABRC draws on the knowledge, insights, and

expertise of its vast network to prioritise and influence RD&E/A efforts in northern Australia. Read more at

What NABRC is looking for

NABRC is seeking a dynamic individual to provide leadership and governance support, coordinate RDE&A priorities, and foster collaboration between stakeholders. This role involves representing NABRC at industry forums, engaging with funding bodies, and driving strategic initiatives to shape the future of the northern beef industry.

Key accountabilities

As Chair of NABRC, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and mentoring RBRC chairs to facilitate communication among stakeholders.

  • Coordinating RDE&A priorities for discussion at NABRC meetings and funding considerations.

  • Developing collaborative networks and strategies between industry stakeholders and funders.

  • Representing NABRC in relevant industry forums and panels.

  • Working in partnership with the NABRC Secretary to plan and implement organisational priorities.

This challenging role will require up to 100 days per year, involving travel. The remuneration will be negotiated with the successful applicant, and the initial term is for three years, with a possible extension.

The Essential Skills and Experience We Seek (Must Be Demonstratable)

Successful applicants must demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of the Australian beef industry structures and issues, including RDE&A needs.

  2. An ability to engage and foster effective and influential relationships with all tiers of the beef industry, associated funding bodies, RDE&A agencies, and stakeholders.

  3. An ability to collaboratively lead and facilitate communication between beef producers and other stakeholders.

  4. A broad range of written, electronic, and verbal communication skills across industry, government, the community, and the media.

  5. The ability and skills to apply strategic thinking, facilitate effective strategic planning processes, and to develop and implement operational plans for actions aligned to NABRCs strategic priorities.

  6. The capacity to lead and manage meetings to positively engage participants, effectively manage diverse views and deliver outcomes.

For more information contact:

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact NABRC Secretary Laney O’Neil on 0447 349 214 or email

To apply:

Email to the NABRC Secretary ( a document addressing the selection criteria plus a Resume.

Applications close:

Applications close 5pm Friday 19 January 2024. Interviews will be held in early February 2024.

NABRC Chair Position Description - December 2023
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