Grains Industry National RDE Strategy

About the Primary Industries RDE Framework

Recognising that RD&E and innovation are key drivers to improving productivity and competitiveness in the sector, state and Commonwealth agencies, with support from research and development corporations (RDCs) and the Australian Council of the Deans of Agriculture (ACDA), developed a national framework for RD&E in primary industries.

The framework is intended to strengthen Australia's research capability to meet emerging challenges, support a strong culture of collaboration, and use resources effectively. It also aims to increase information sharing, maintain funding and reduce fragmentation and duplication of effort.

Grains Industry National Research, Development and Extension Strategy

The national strategy for the grains industry provides a mechanism for the industry to retain an effective and efficient RD&E capability. This will support the production sector to innovate and respond to the growing worldwide demand for grain, despite pressures on government budgets and human resources.

The strategy, originally published in May 2011, was developed through a steering committee with representation from government agencies, the universities (through ACDA) and the GRDC.

After wide consultation, including with Grains Producers Australia (GPA) and the private sector, the strategy represents a single view of the grains industry and provides a high-level roadmap for RD&E, marketing and policy investments across the value chain.

Subsequent development of the strategy has been the responsibility of an implementation committee. The 16-member committee has custodianship of the planning and implementation process into the future.

Grains Industry National RD&E Strategy Implementation Committee

Professor Rudi AppelsUniversity Representative – Western Region
Dr Alison BowmanNSW Department of Primary Industries
Mr David CallachorNational Agribusiness Reference Group
Ms Jodie DeanGrain Trade Australia
Mr Alastair FalconerGrain Producers Australia – Western Region
Mr Garry FulleloveDepartment of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Mr John HarveyGRDC
Dr John MannersCSIRO
Professor Pauline MooneySouth Australian Research and Development Institute
Mr Tom ParnellDepartment of Agriculture
Mr Wayne NewtonGrain Producers Australia Representative – Northern Region
Ms Kerry ReganExecutive Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
Professor Mark SutherlandUniversity Representative – Northern Region
Dr Mark SweetinghamDepartment of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
Andrew WeidemannGrain Producers Australia – Southern Region
Dr Ragini WheatcroftDepartment of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Professor Mike KellerUniversity Representative – Southern Region

Useful LInks

National Primary Industries Research, Development and Extension Framework

National research, development and extension strategies are developed for the following primary industry and cross industry sectors:

  • beef, cotton, dairy, fisheries and aquaculture, forests, grains, horticulture, pork, poultry, sheep meat, sugar, wine, wool, and new and emerging industries;
  • animal biosecurity, animal welfare, biofuels and bioenergy, climate change and variability, food and nutrition, plant biosecurity and water use in agriculture.

Agriculture Ministers Forum (AGMIN)

The Agriculture Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN) membership comprises Australian/state/territory and New Zealand government ministers with responsibility for primary industries, and is chaired by the Australian Government Minister for Agriculture.

The role of AGMIN is to enable cross-jurisdictional cooperative and coordinated approaches to matters of national interest.

AGMIN is the peak forum to collaborate on priority issues of national significance affecting Australia’s primary production sectors including fisheries and forestry.

Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations

There are 15 Rural Research and Development Corporations covering virtually all of the agricultural industries.

The RDCs bring industry and researchers together to establish research and development strategic directions and to fund projects that provide industry with the innovation and productivity tools to compete in global markets.

Australian Council of Deans for Agriculture

The Council is made up of those Universities in Australia that offer a degree course in agriculture or related agricultural areas. In Australia there are currently twelve such Universities, spread across every State and located in both metropolitan and rural locations.