Region panels

The panel system is a key strength of the GRDC. The panels play an important advisory and strategic role in GRDC investments. The Board makes decisions with the support of the National Panel, informed by the knowledge and experience of region panels and program teams. The program teams comprise members of the region panels and the GRDC managers. The panel system helps to ensure that the GRDC’s investments are directed towards the interests of Australian grain growers and the Australian Government.

Recognising the variations in environment, conditions and issues across Australia the GRDC has three region panels that cover the northern, southern and western grain growing regions. They are made up of grain growers, agribusiness practitioners, scientists and the GRDC’s executive managers, with provision for other industry experts to participate as appropriate.

Each panel:

  • identifies and monitors region and national grains industry issues that are relevant to the region
  • interacts with grower groups, research advisory committees and other interested parties in the region to exchange information
  • identifies and develops priorities for RD&E investment and recommends these to the GRDC National Panel
  • keeps growers and advisers in the region informed about the GRDC’s strategic direction, investment portfolio and research projects
  • assists staff in monitoring the effectiveness of the investment portfolio.

The panels ensure that different market and production realities are considered and reflected in the RD&E investment program. Each region has distinctive features that warrant focused planning and research management in plant breeding, farming systems, soil, grain storage and handling, product development, market opportunities and technology marketing.

The GRDC’s Grower Solutions Groups (GSGs) and Regional Cropping Solutions Networks (RCSNs) provide information on priority issues to the GRDC’s region panels. The panels also consider information provided by less formal structures than the networks, such as direct communication with grower groups, government research and extension agencies, private research and extension organisations, and industry organisations.

Do you want to make a difference to farmer profitability?

Applications are now open for positions on the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC’s) Regional Panel effective 1 September 2020.


GRDC has three panels representing the principal cropping zones across Australia – northern, southern and western regions. The Panels work with GRDC management to help guide the research, development and extension activities in each region and nationally.

Applications are invited from candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • Extensive knowledge of Australian and/or international grains industries, particularly in areas of production, research, development and extension
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate with growers and scientists both on an individual level as well as in a group situation
  • Demonstrated ability to network (please include details of the geographic coverage of existing networks)
  • Critical thinking skills with a proven ability to analyse and interrogate information
  • Demonstrated understanding of the finance and investment management practices, tools and performance indicators used in modern business practice
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively in a team
  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in research, development or extension in the grains industry and an awareness of strategically important issues that are current for the grains industries.

Applications close on Wednesday 15 April 2020. For further information on Regional Panel recruitment, please refer to the Regional Panel Member Information and Application Form or email