Role: Board Member


The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), NSW – Southern Region is part of a national service delivery program funded by the State and Federal Governments. They are a not-for-profit incorporated association, and a registered charity, with a Deed of Grant from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to implement the Commonwealth Government’s Rural Financial Counselling Programme across southern NSW. This program provides free financial counselling to primary producers, fisherman, forestry growers, harvesters and small rural businesses who are suffering financial hardship and have no alternative sources of impartial support. The RFCS helps them to manage the challenges of industry change and adjustment.

The Association is governed by a Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Officer appointed by the Board. The Board meets at least six (6) times per year and board members are paid a sitting fee for each meeting attended.

An opportunity exists for experienced professionals to join this skills-based Board until June 2021. This position will be filled as a casual vacancy until the outcome of the next round of funding is known.

As a skills-based Board, candidates with extensive skills and experience in some of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • strategy, governance, finance, communications,
  • business management, and business development
  • business and community development, regional and farming experience/knowledge

All candidates must have a genuine interest in, and a broad understanding of, rural and regional issues, strong business acumen, financial literacy, a sound understanding of good governance and well-developed communication skills ensuring a collaborative ethos. This year, candidates with the above and commercial experience will be highly regarded.

The RFCS is committed to providing an environment which respects and promotes equality and diversity and as a result, would welcome and encourage all suitably qualified candidates to apply.

To apply for this position, please email your covering letter and resume to and/or call Tracie Carnovale on 0404 979206 for a confidential discussion. A comprehensive candidate pack and position description are available.

The closing date is Sunday 4 October 2020