What we do

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is one of the world’s leading grains research organisations, responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing RD&E to deliver improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.

The GRDC’s primary objective is to drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australian grain growers and benefit the industry and the wider community.

The GRDC is a statutory corporation, founded in 1990, under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 (PIRD Act), it is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). The GRDC’s portfolio department is the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.

The functions of the GRDC under the Act include coordinating or investing in R&D activities; monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the impact of R&D activities on the grains industry and the wider community; and facilitating the dissemination, adoption and commercialisation of the results of R&D.

GRDC Purpose

Invest in Research, Development & Extension to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers

GRDC Vision

A profitable and sustainable Australian grains industry, valued by the wider community.

GRDC Values

We are committed and passionate about the Australian grains industry.

We value creativity and innovation.

We build strong relationships and partnerships based on mutual trust and respect.

We act ethically and with integrity.

We are transparent and accountable to our stakeholders.


The GRDC is principally supported by a grower levy and Australian Government contributions. The levy is based on the net farm gate value of the annual production of 25 crops: wheat; coarse grains—barley, oats, sorghum, maize, triticale, millets/panicums, cereal rye and canary seed; pulses—lupins, field peas, chickpeas, faba beans, vetch, peanuts, mung beans, navy beans, pigeon peas, cowpeas and lentils; and oilseeds—canola, sunflower, soybean, safflower and linseed.

The Australian Government’s contribution is determined annually, based on the three-year rolling average of the gross value of production of the 25 leviable crops.

Our Minister and Department

The GRDC is accountable for its performance in addressing their identified priorities. The GRDC also meets its responsibilities under its governing legislation and the broader legal framework for Commonwealth statutory authorities.

Accountability to the Australian Government

Responsible minister

Under the PIRD Act, the GRDC is accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Minister for Agriculture who is responsible for all RDCs, including the GRDC.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management — The Hon David Littleproud MP

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia — The Hon Keith Pitt MP

Assistant Minister for Northern Australia — The Hon Michelle Landry MP

Visit the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Enviroment website