How we consult

Effective engagement with industry and research stakeholders is critical to GRDC’s ability to deliver on its purpose of investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.

Because grower profitability is at the heart of GRDC’s purpose, it is essential that growers are actively involved in informing how their levy is applied to RD&E investments.  Engagement with stakeholders across the value chain and those engaged in the research, extension, technology and commercial agribusiness is important to understanding the pathways required to deliver innovation to our Australian grain producers.  Consultation with stakeholders provides the evidence used in GRDC’s Investment Management Framework to develop high quality RD&E investments for the benefit of Australian grain growers.

Our levy payer engagement has evolved over its existence and is adapted to the specific characteristics and dynamics of Australian grain growing businesses, their communities and their attitudes.  We will continue to adapt our stakeholder engagement to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

This consultation plan outlines how GRDC consults with its stakeholders to identify research, development and extension priorities and activities that benefit Australian grain growers with the aim of increasing participation from levy payers.

The Consultation Plan has been designed to be compliant with the Australian Government’s Best Practice Guide to Stakeholder Consultation: Grains Research and Development Corporation.

GRDC Stakeholders

GRDC has the following key stakeholder groups:

Australian Grain Growers

Representative Organisations

Value Chain Participants

Researchers and Private Sector Innovators

How GRDC consults

GRDC engages in a range of activities to consult with grain growing levy payers and other stakeholders for the purposes of:

  • Identifying industry needs and aspirations to develop investment strategies and balance of effort across identified priorities.
  • Identifying opportunities to invest in research, development, commercialisation or extension activities to resolve specific production constraints and capture opportunities.
  • Designing research, development and extension outputs to ensure they deliver benefit to Australia’s grain growers when implemented in the grain farming system and across the value chain.
  • Creating awareness and promoting the adoption of research outcomes.
  • Improving understanding of GRDC stakeholder engagement.

Developing investment strategy

GRDC Research Development & Extension Plan 2023-28 Consultation

In 2022 and 2023 GRDC engaged in broad consultation to inform the development of the Research Development and Extension Plan 2023-28. The plan outlines our RD&E investment objectives and priorities from 2023 to 2028 and the strategies that we will use to achieve these objectives.

Consultation followed a broad open approach that sought contribution from all interested stakeholders using:

  • Publication of a deliberative guide (April 2022)
  • Structured online surveys and interviews (April-June 2022)
  • Virtual roundtables (July 2022)
  • Exhibition of a RD&E Plan Exposure Draft (January 2023)
  • Open submission and web-survey period (January-February 2023).

GRDC also consulted with its ROs on the development of the RD&E Plan throughout the consultation process.

Identifying Opportunities to Invest in Research, Development Commercialisation or Extension activities

GRDC identifies opportunities to invest in RD&E via:

National Grower Network

Grains Research Updates and Farm Business Updates

GRDC’s Regional Panels


Grains Australia

Access to GRDC Staff

Designing Research, Development and Extension outputs

GRDC’s Investment Management Framework has been designed around developing outputs (knowledge, new practices, new varieties and technologies) that grain growing levy payers are seeking to implement in their farming system or that will create desirable outcomes for these grain growers through the action of others. Engagement with Regional Panels is an important opportunity for GRDC investment managers to understand how proposed research outputs will work in the farming system and in the value chain to create these outcomes.

Often in the design of investments, GRDC staff will recognise the importance of creating specialist groups of end users to provide iterative advice on investment operation. Examples of this include the creation of local advisory committees for the National Variety Trials and the Grains Weeds Advisory Committee.

Creating awareness and promoting the adoption of Investment outcomes

Grower awareness and adoption

GRDC's Communications and Extension Framework and Key Investment Targets outline the engagement tactics that GRDC will implement to drive awareness and adoption of investment outcomes.  These engagement activities include:

Stakeholders are able to subscribe to GRDC’s digital and hard copy publications on our website.

Creating transparency of GRDC’s investment portfolio

Transparency of GRDC’s investment portfolio via:

Annual Operational Plan

Annual Report and RD&E Expenditure

Promoting RD&E Investments