Who we are

We are responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research, development and extension (RD&E) for grains.

We’re a corporate Commonwealth entity established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 (PIRD Act) and our portfolio department is the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

As a corporate Commonwealth entity, we’re subject to the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and other Commonwealth legislation.

Our purpose

To invest in RD&E to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.

We invest in RD&E projects to deliver new and improved varieties, farming practices, technologies and capability to the Australian grains industry. These investments drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation.


Our funding comes from levies paid by grain growers and contributions paid by the Australian Government. The levies are collected at the first point of sale and based on the net farm gate value 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, mungbeans, navy beans, pigeon peas, soybeans, cowpeas and lentils
  • oilseeds — canola, sunflower, safflower and linseed.

The Australian Government matches the levy contributions up to a limit of 0.5 per cent of the three-year rolling average of the gross value of production of the 25 leviable crops.

Other sources, including interest, royalties, and grants, contribute a smaller proportion of our income.

Our Minister and department

We are accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia. The portfolio Minister is the Hon David Littleproud MP.

For more information, read about our accountability.