Australian Government: Grains Research and Development CororationGRDC Annual Report 2006-2007

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Single Vision Grains Australia

In response to approaches from industry, in 2005 the GRDC Board agreed to facilitate the establishment of Single Vision Grains Australia (SVGA) for a period of two years, ending on 30 June 2007, at a cost of up to $1 million per year.

SVGA was not a separate legal entity, but existed through a series of agreements with consultants, and was managed by an Interim Board. In line with industry recommendations, the Interim Board was independent of the GRDC and other industry organisations. Table 7 sets out the membership of the Interim Board at 30 June 2007.

A key role for the Interim Board was to seek cross-industry support for SVGA's ongoing operation, and to advise on what form SVGA should take after the two-year establishment period. The ultimate goal was to create support for a pan-industry body to address common issues facing the grains industry.

At the completion of the agreed two year funding period, financial support from industry was not forthcoming. As a result, the GRDC Board resolved to abide by its original decision to only provide funding for SVGA to 30 June 2007.

During its two years of operation, SVGA addressed various industry-wide issues that were identified by R&D task forces in 2005. By 30 June 2007, SVGA had undertaken six projects:

All reports produced by SVGA are available on the SVGA website,, and the GRDC website,

Table 7 Single Vision Grains Australia Interim Board as at 30 June 2007
Position Occupant Industry expertise


Ian MacKinnon

Grain production


Christine Hawkins

Finance, corporate structures, industry strategy and restructuring


Philip Young

Grain production, plant breeding and international consultancy (also a member of the GRDC Board)