The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia was first established in 1919 to represent the interests of Australian wool brokers. It has continued this role uninterrupted for almost 100 years, ensuring that wool brokers are heard on all major wool industry issues within Australia and internationally.
The NCWSBA is an Incorporated Association (incorporated in Victoria in September 2002, replacing The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia Limited). It is a founding member of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations, and has representatives on key Australian wool industry organisations and committees, including:
- Federation of Australian Wool Organisations
- FAWO Technical Committee
- Australian Wool Testing Authority (Board Director and Member Representative)
- Standards Australia TX-12 Committee
- Australian Wool Innovation Wool Production Forecasting Committee
- FAWO Industry Working Group on Compliance and Standards
- The International Wool Textile Organisation (the Executive Director is Chairman of the IWTO's Market Intelligence Committee)
Its objectives are to:
- promote, foster, develop and assist the Australian wool industry;
- promote and protect the interests of woolgrowers and wool selling brokers within Australia;
- act as a channel of co-operation between wool selling brokers in Australia in the sharing information relating to industrial matters which affect the Australian wool industry generally or the trade, business and interests of wool selling brokers in Australia;
- consider, discuss, settle and determine the means, methods, procedure and arrangements to be used for the sale and disposal of Australian wool;
- work with government and wool industry bodies and companies on any issue affecting the Australian wool industry;
- facilitate and support relevant research and development and to encourage the uptake of new technologies likely to enhance the sale of Australian wool;
- advance and promote fair, orderly and ethical wool marketing practices and discourage conduct inconsistent with that object.
Full details of the Association’s objectives are contained in the Rules. The Board of the NCWSBA meet at least every quarter. Most meetings are held by teleconference, with one face-to-face meeting each year, held in August in conjunction with the Annual General meeting.