APVMA Relocation Advisory Committee terms of reference


The APVMA is the national regulator of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals.

The government has committed to developing a Centre of Agricultural Excellence at the University of New England to drive growth in agricultural productivity and deliver substantial economic benefits to regional Australia and that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will be part of that Centre of Excellence.

There is an expectation that the APVMA will be in Armidale in 2019.


The APVMA Relocation Advisory Committee (ARAC) is established by the APVMA CEO to provide strategic advice on major aspects of the relocation and the transition of the APVMA from Canberra to Armidale.

These roles will include:

  • assisting with the design of the business model for the APVMA operating out of Armidale
  • providing input to the design and delivery of the digital strategy to underpin the Armidale business model
  • identifying strategic risks and advice on mitigation strategies related to the relocation of the APVMA
  • identifying relocation related stakeholder issues and advice on engagement and communication activities and issues management (as appropriate)
  • providing high level oversight of the progress against key milestones
  • considering other relevant issues referred to ARAC by the APVMA CEO.

ARAC is not a decision making body and does not have any direct say on the day-to-day management of the relocation project or the allocation of resources.

Matters relating to ‘business as usual’ activities for registration of agvet chemicals, compliance and licensing or reform activities relating to Agriculture Whilte Paper funding are out of scope, unless specifically identified by the APVMA CEO.


The membership of ARAC will include:

  • Chair (APVMA CEO)
  • APVMA Chief Operating Officer
  • APVMA staff representatives (x2)
  • Representatives from Croplife, Animal Medicines Australia, Veterinary Manufacturers and Distributors Association and National Farmers Federation (1 each)
  • Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, or representative
  • Representative from University of New England
  • Representative from Armidale Regional Council
  • External expert (with experience in managing large scale projects and/or organisational design and transition)

APVMA staff members working on the relocation may be in attendance as observers from time to time. These staff will be clearly identified to members.

The APVMA will provide the secretariat for ARAC.


The ARAC will meet at least once a month. Initial meetings will be face to face in Canberra—with web conferencing available if needed. Subsequent meetings will be held either face to face, by teleconference and/or web conference, to be decided by agreement of ARAC members. At least two meetings a year will be held in Armidale.

Payment of travel costs

The APVMA will meet reasonable travel costs for attending ARAC meetings.


The ARAC is to prepare bi-monthly progress reports for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and to provide guidance on the content of regular industry and stakeholder updates.


A review of the ARAC terms of reference and the performance of the committee is to be undertaken by no later than the end of 2017.

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