Company structure


On this page you can read about how CANEGROWERS is structured as a grass-roots organisation at local, state and national levels. 





operate in all major sugar towns
and cities in Queensland.
Thirteen local companies operate
15 local shop-fronts.
Each local company elects a
board of directors to conduct
the affairs of their local
Each local board appoints a
director from each mill area
to represent them on the
Policy Council, ensuring
industry-wide input.


is the more commonly known
name of the overarching state
body, Queensland Cane Growers
Organisation Ltd (QCGO).
Based in Brisbane, the body
supports local offices to service
members and also drives
state-wide issues at the direction
of the State Board and Policy Council which is made
up of 21 Directors – one from
every sugarcane growing area.


CANEGROWERS Australia is
the more commonly known name
of overarching national body,
Australian Cane Growers’ Council
Ltd (ACGC).

This vehicle allows all Australian
cane growers to present a
common voice in national
and international forums.


CANEGROWERS operates as a single organisational entity, representing its members’ interests at area and district level, and in state, national and international forums. They represent growers, directly and indirectly, on every important issue involved with the Australian raw sugar industry, ranging from purely local issues to matters of global importance.

Policy, strategic direction and the range of services provided are determined by practising cane grower members who are elected by the membership every three years.

The operations of CANEGROWERS are funded at all levels through annual fees paid by those growers who choose to become members, supplemented by income from various commercial activities. Members determine the amount of the membership fee, which is generally calculated on the basis of an amount per tonne of cane harvested.

Originally formed in 1926 as a statutory body, the Queensland Cane Growers Organisation (QCGO) has been transformed into a new unified organisation providing leadership, representation and services for its members at local, regional, state, national and international levels.

Structurally the organisation comprises autonomous business units at the various levels, which are controlled by elected grower directors.


In cane growing regions, grower-controlled companies operate CANEGROWERS offices from which professional staff provide a range of services and represent the special interests of members locally.

The original CANEGROWERS statutory base of a State peak body, 14 District Executives and 26 Area Committees has been converted into a modern group of independent corporations working together to promote and protect the interests of voluntary cane grower members. 

The corporate transformation had its origins in a switch to full voluntary membership in 2001. This was followed by establishment of 17 new CANEGROWERS corporations in 2004-05, creating a group of like-minded grower entities that share common ideals and values. 

This new corporate structure provides local autonomy and control of assets. The new corporations are well placed to deliver improved representative outcomes and member services. Local autonomy and direct representation plus input into the peak body are vital elements of an influential, united, statewide organisation that has the recognition of government.

Each company within the CANEGROWERS organisation has an interlinking Constitution with QCGO Ltd that facilitates common membership and direct representation of the local company on the Board of the peak body, Queensland Cane Growers Organisation Ltd. This ensures that QCGO Ltd’s strategic direction and policy deliberations reflect the views of all stakeholders.

Autonomous local corporations determine the scope of operations and services appropriate to their members. At the same time they are able to combine their resources to ensure a powerful voice for growers at state, national and international levels. 

The principal object of corporations, as defined in their Constitutions, is to represent and act for the benefit of all members. Because the organisation has voluntary membership it is important that outcomes achieved by the organisation are for the exclusive benefit of members.

The relevant local corporation owns all local assets. The prime purpose of each CANEGROWERS company is to represent the interests of and service the needs of members. Therefore, assets are applied for the benefit of members exclusively. Each Constitution specifically ensures that assets cannot be distributed back to members; this allows the organisation to maintain its not-for-profit, tax-free status.


The Board & Policy Council

The Policy Council is made up up the 21 grower representatives nominated by the 13 CANEGROWERS district companies. 

The Board consists of 9-persons, made up of one independent Director and 8 grower Directors elected by the Policy Council.



Cane grower members of the CANEGROWERS organisation elect company directors to determine policy on behalf of all growers, both locally and at peak industry level.

The term of office is three years unless otherwise determined by the relevant corporate Constitution. Directors are paid a meeting fee or an annual allowance as determined by the members of the relevant company. The local boards nominate representatives to sit on the CANEGROWERS Policy Council. All Policy Council members of the organisation are cane growers.

Elections were last held in early 2016 with the new boards beginning their term of office on 1 May.