The Australian Wool Industries Secretariat provides administrative and advisory support to the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (FAWO).  


FAWO provides Australia's membership of the Australian National Committee of the International Wool Textile Organisation.  

With virtually all industry sectors as members, FAWO can also be regarded as the peak industry body in Australia and is used for addressing major local issues.


Office Bearers

Members of FAWO


David Michell


Michael Jackson

Deputy Chairman

Bianca Heaney



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Executive Commitee

David Mitchell - AWH

David Michell - ACWEP

Mark Grave - AWEX

Michael Jackson - AWTA

Chris Wilcox - NCWSBA

Stuart McCullough - AWI

Richard Halliday - WoolProducers


Meetings & Events



Australian Council of Wool Exporters & Processors Inc

 Australian Wool Handlers

Australian Wool Innovation Ltd

The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia Inc.

Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd

Australian Wool Exchange Ltd

WoolProducers Australia



........FAWO NEWS & PROJECTS........


FAWO have announced the new Wool Industry Award

for further information





Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness

RD & E Strategy 2016-2019

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Traceability of Wool in Australia

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Wool Biosecurity: Australian Case Study on Outbreak Preparedness and Risk Assessment



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Preparing your business to survive an EAD outbreak April 2014

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Federation of Australian Wool Organisations received the 2014 Biosecurity Award for work in preparation of an exotic disease incursion in Australia.

Responding to the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance

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Dear Ms Heaney


We are pleased to advise that Federation of Australian Wool Organisations has been nominated for a 2014 Australian Biosecurity Award.


The Australian Biosecurity Awards recognise individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to maintaining Australia's biosecurity integrity across the continuum – offshore, at the border and onshore.

Federation of Australian Wool Organisations has been nominated by Department of Agriculture officers, Ms Desley Darby and Dr John Stratton. Federation of Australian Wool Organisations is recognised for its forward planning and leadership amongst industry partners to enhance emergency animal disease and Foot-and-Mouth Disease preparedness as a national priority, particularly throughout 2012–13.

Nominations for the 2014 Australian Biosecurity Awards will be assessed by a selection panel, comprised of departmental executives. Should Federation of Australian Wool Organisations be deemed a winner of an Australian Biosecurity Award, a representative of the company will be invited to attend the awards ceremony, to be held in Canberra at the ABARES Outlook conference dinner on Tuesday, March 4 2014.

The Department of Agriculture will publicly celebrate the achievements of all organisations nominated for an Australian Biosecurity Award through a media release and correspondence to industry.

Congratulations again on your nomination,

Yours sincerely

Ivanna Rychevska

Program Officer | Border Compliance Division | Industry Arrangements and Performance Branch

Phone 6272 3938   |   Fax 6272 4870  

Department of Agriculture
7 London Circuit , Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia


Please see the link to the Department`s website honouring yours and other nominees for this year’s biosecurity awards.

The page also contains information regarding nomination eligibility criteria and winners of the 2013 ABA.

Subsequently, further promotion of the ABA 2014 nominations will be highlighted through the Departmental Media Release and Biosecurity Bulletin.


Dr Paul Swan (Australian Wool Innovation)

with Bianca Heaney & Robert Ryan OAM

of Federation of Australian Wool Organisations

Nanjing Wool Market Conference is an annual meeting for global wool people to gather together with the aim to discuss current issues of the industry, future developments as well as new market opportunities. Participants include growers, traders, primary processors, spinners, weavers and garment manufacturers, together with organizations involved in the wool-related pipeline.

From 16 to 18 September 2017, Nanjing will host the 29th NWM Conference. As a delegate, you can be part of the following: The 29th NWM Conference Plenary, The 9th Global Wool Summit, The 7th International Wool Salon, Wool Trade Fair, Cocktail Party and Banquet.

Conference Time :

16th September, 2017(Registration)

17th18th September, 2017 (Conference)

Conference Location: Inspirock Hotel - Zhenxing Road, Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province, China

Past Events & Projects

Wool Biosecurity - Australian case study on outbreak preparedness and risk management

China Australia Joint Working Group - "Wool from Farm to Consumer" training

The Project “China Australia Joint Working Group on Wool from Farm to Consumer”

is supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


China Australia Joint Working Group - "Wool from Farm to Consumer" training

Mark Grave of AWEX presenting.


Back Row L/R - : Chris Kelly - Australian Merino Exports/ACWEP, David Crowe - AWTA, Chris Wilcox - NCWSBA, Peter Morgan - ACWEP/PTWMA, Robert Ryan - Scute Bell Badgery Lumby/FAWO, Scott Carmody - AWI

Front Row L/R - : Rex Bennett - Elders, Mark Grave - AWEX, Bianca Heaney - FAWO/AWIS & Robert Wang - AWTA.

China Australia Joint Working Group - "Wool from Farm to Consumer" training

Front Row: L/R - Robert Ryan, Chris Kelly, Peter Morgan, Chris Wilcox & Rex Bennett at IWTO Congress 2015

Robert Ryan - Chair of FAWO & FAWO Secretary Bianca Heaney

Chris Wilcox of NCWSBA with Robert Ryan of FAWO

Australia China Joint Working Group


Chris Wilcox - NCWSBA with Henry Wang - AWTA

IWTO Congress Display

Guiseppe Spiller of Marzotto with Bianca Heaney of FAWO, Piercarlo Zedda of Pantex & Laura Ceramella of Marzotto

Market Intelligence with Chris Wilcox

Robert Ryan and Bianca Heaney promoting the IWTO congress in Sydney in 2016.

David Crowe & Robert Wang of AWTA with Robert Ryan of FAWO


Australian Delegation at IWTO 2015

China Australia Joint Working Group

"Wool from Farm to Consumer" training


The China Australia Joint Working Group on Wool attended the Nanjing Wool Market Conference in Sanya, Hainan Island, China during 12-15 September 2012. 

The Group have been working on various issues over the past 12 months and have just completed the “General Terms & Conditions Governing the Purchase of Australian Greasy, Scoured Wool, Carbonised Top and all other Type of Wool Fibres”.

The highlight of the conference was the signing of the General Terms & Conditions by Madam Peng Yanli, President of CWTA and Mr Robert Ryan, Chairman of the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations. (below)

Mr Xu Wenying, Deputy Chairman of China National Textile Industry and Apparel Council and Mr James Lee, Counsellor Agriculture (Policy),

Australian Embassy Beijing presented a certificate of appreciation to the Working Group.

The Revised Terms and Conditions for Trade in Wool Between China and Australia have now been distributed to all

Members of the Australian Council of Wool Exporters & Processors and non Members.

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