Skip to main content

Hort Innovation’s Annual General Meeting 2019

Information and advice for stakeholders

When and where

Hort Innovation's AGM 2019 will be held on 22 November in Sydney. More details will be published on this page at a later date.


Securing voting entitlements – the Annual Levy Return process

All Hort Innovation members that pay a statutory or voluntary levy have the right to vote at our AGM. In order to secure voting entitlements, members must first complete an Annual Levy Return form. The Annual Levy Return process is now open, and will close on Friday 27 September 2019.

Not yet a member?

If you pay a levy and wish to become a Hort Innovation member in time to submit an Annual Levy Return form for the allocation of voting entitlements, don’t delay! Submit a free membership application at New membership applications must be submitted no later than COB Thursday 12 September 2019 to allow time for processing and the supply and return of Annual Levy Return information.

How to submit your Annual Levy Return form

Your Annual Levy Return form can be lodged in one of two ways...


You can complete the Annual Levy Return form online at by Friday 27 September 2019.

To access and fill out this form you’ll need your unique member number and a PIN. During mid-August, this information is being sent to current members via both email and post from Link Market Services, the independent provider that Hort Innovation engages to manage the Annual Levy Return process.

By post

You can lodge a hard copy Annual Levy Return form by mail, which must be received by Friday 27 September 2019. During mid-August, Link Market Services is distributing the hard copy form and reply-paid envelopes to current members, along with full instructions.


Please refer to our FAQ document here for more information on the Annual Levy Return and voting rights process.

If you have further questions, you can contact Link Market Services on 1800 660 083 (free call within Australia) or email the Hort Innovation Company Secretary, Matthew Waring, at

Call for Non-Executive Directors

Three Director positions are available on the Hort Innovation Board this year

The Constitution of Hort Innovation requires in 2019 three (3) of its nine (9) Directors retire from the Board and three (3) Director candidates be appointed to the Board.

One (1) Director candidate will be elected to the Board by Voting Members at the Annual General Meeting in November 2019 and two (2) Director candidates will be appointed by the remaining Board members immediately following the Annual General Meeting.

Board Skills Matrix 2019

The skills and experience sought year to year in Director candidates are determined by the skills requirements of the Board. The Board of Hort Innovation has formulated its current skills requirements for the Board as a whole in the form of a Board Skills Matrix 2019. Applicants are required to complete the Board Skills Matrix 2019 self-assessment, by downloading and using the self-assessment template and guide.

Specific skills sought in 2019

In 2019, candidates must possess at least one (1) of the following Hort Innovation specific skills:

  • Research & Development
  • Commercialisation / Applied Innovation
  • Market Access and Asian / International Markets
  • Marketing
  • Finance (formal qualifications)

along with all four of the Hort Innovation essential skills:

  • Governance & Compliance
  • Finance & Risk
  • Strategy & Business Management
  • Agricultural Experience.

Time commitment required of Directors

An indicative annual time commitment would be approximately 25 days per annum, usually comprising of 7–8 Board/strategy meetings andhead office, although a number of meetings may be held each year at locations around Australia.

In addition to the general Board meetings, a Director may sit on the following Board Committees, which will meet, on average, 4–5 times per year. These are: Investment Committee; Audit & Risk Committee; and Remuneration & Appointments Committee.

Additionally, Hort Innovation Directors may attend associated industry events and meetings (e.g. industry forums). These events and meetings will often be held outside the Sydney area.

Director Nomination Committee

The candidates put forward for election by voting members will form one pool of applicants, selected by a four (4) person Director Nomination Committee (DNC).

Hort Innovation’s commitment to diversity

Hort Innovation is committed to providing an environment that respects and promotes diversity.

Hort Innovation recognises that a workforce who represents a diverse range of backgrounds, age, ethnicity and gender will enable Hort Innovation to provide optimal service to its stakeholders.


Rimfire Resources is a specialist agribusiness search and recruitment business and has been again appointed in 2019 to assist Hort Innovation source candidates for election to the Hort Innovation Board, and manage the selection process. Applications are received via an online application and applicants will receive an automatically generated response to confirm receipt of their application.

Following the conclusion of the advertisement and search processes, the DNC will meet to agree on a shortlist of candidates for interviews, with interviews to be held in Sydney CBD on Tuesday 27 August and Wednesday 28 August, 2019.


Applications are now being sought for the three (3) Director vacancies. Skills required by the Hort Innovation Board as a whole are set out in the Board Skills Matrix 2019. All candidates will be assessed against the Board Skills Matrix by Rimfire Resources and the DNC.

In 2019, all Director applicants must have experience and skills as outlined in the Director Applicant Information Pack 2019.

Format of applications

Applications should include:

  • A short cover letter outlining the skills and experience the candidate brings to the Board
  • A full resume detailing work history, relevant experience and qualifications. Please remember to include your full contact details
  • The Board Skills Matrix self-assessment, using the self-assessment template and guide.

Submission of applications

Applications have now closed.

Application and information documents

View the Director Applicant Information Pack 2019

View the Board Skills Matrix 2019

Download the Board Skills Matrix self-assessment guide and template