About the AAA

The Australian Alpaca Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit association in 1990 when participants in the fledgling industry recognised the need for a national body of like minded people to promote and grow the concept of alpaca as a viable and sustainable primary industry.Today, the Association has evolved into a company limited by guarantee representing owners at all levels and is the collective voice of over 1,000 members in all states of Australia.

The AAA runs one of the most internationally advanced alpaca registers of bloodlines and breeding predictors to generate continual improvement in our herd quality and worldwide reputation. The development of standards for the emerging meat and hide industry is now underway.

AAA is recognised by the Australian Government as the peak industry body for the alpaca industry in Australia and provides tools, information & support to bring owners together for the future of alpaca farming as a fully commercial industry.

The AAA Ltd corporate structure reflects local and national challenges and the importance placed on engaging members. The AAA Ltd Board is elected by members and has the overall governance responsibility under the AAA Ltd Constitution. The business of the Company is governed by the Directors, who have defined duties and responsibilities under the Corporations Act, and managed by the CEO. The Directors may by resolution adopt any rule or by-law of the company that is not inconsistent with the Constitution or the law.

The CEO manages the national office which has responsibility for the implementation of Board determined policies, budgets and plans. The National Office manages the day to day affairs of the AAA Ltd handling memberships, registration, administration, finance, marketing and more, and supporting Committees or Working Parties.

The AAA Ltd constitution defines the charter of Regional Committees. Regional Committees serve the needs of local members and are elected from the membership affiliated with a particular Region. Regional Committees nominally comprise an Executive (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and a committee that varies in size depending on the size of the Region (minimum size is 30 members), the activity level of the membership and the enthusiasm of those wishing to stand. Regional Committees are active throughout Australia providing education and training, industry liaison, marketing and shows to promote the industry.

Each Region receives an annual capitation fee from the national budget and raises the balance of funds required to operate from its own resources and endeavours. While Regions are afforded maximum independence and flexibility in their activities, they do have statutory obligations to the National AAA Ltd Board.

To progress specific projects the Board may create a Committee or Working Party. Committee or Working Party projects may be defined within the AAA Ltd business plan and may have specific budget allocations to achieve their goals.

This organisational structure enables the AAA Ltd to meet its national and local challenges.

National Office

The National Office is based in Canberra and staffed by two employees.

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Board Structure

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