ADA National Executive

When ADA had established branches in both Victoria and South Australia it was agreed that a ‘National Executive’ should be formed to co-ordinate activities between the two states. Arthur Bentley was appointed to the role of Acting National President in 1974.

The first Annual National Conference of the Association was held in 1976 when a National Executive representing the two states was elected with Arthur as National President and Andrew Houghton as National Secretary. Since that time ADA has grown and prospered so that there are now branches in every state and territory.

ADA National President

David Voss – Ph: 0407 950 327

ADA National Secretary

Tom Penders

Membership & Office

PO BOX 454, Croydon, Victoria 3136
Ph: 0499 892 320

Business hours – Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

National Agencies

Despite its largely behind-the-scenes administrative role, members will all be aware of a couple of National Executive responsibilities – the production of six issues of Australian Deer every year for the past 36 years, the maintenance of the Trophy Register and Top 50 lists for each Australian species and the running of the Annual Trophy and Photographic competitions.

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The Australian Deer Association is on the move, and I’d like to thank you for supporting us on that journey. From our beginnings over 40 years ago, the Association has achieved so much for the status of deer in Australia, and for those who seek out wild deer whether that be as a hunter, photographer, student or lover of nature, or as a provider of organic free range food.

The ADA has always punched well above its weight when it comes to advocacy for deer and for access for all hunters (not just ADA members) however, it is obvious to us that more is required. Like many organisations, there are limits on what can be achieved even by the most committed volunteers.

Increasingly we are finding that our efforts to engage with Governments and industry, to define and execute effective campaigns in support of our objectives, or to service our members to the standards we aspire to require professional assistance and paid employees. By way of example, people who work for a living find it difficult to attend meetings with government decision makers, which are almost always held in offices in capital city business districts during working hours. The recent Senate enquiry into firearm violence as an example had its public hearings in capital cities on weekdays.