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Strategic Research & Development Plan 2012-17

Australian Government priorities

The Australian Government’s key priorities for rural RD&E are identified in the:

  • National Research Priorities announced in December 2002, and their associated priority goals
  • Rural R&D Priorities announced to the RDCs by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in May 2007.

Table 3 shows how the Rural R&D Priorities and corresponding National Research Priorities are aligned to the GRDC’s six strategic themes for RD&E investment in 2012–17. Financial resource allocations will be provided on a yearly basis in the annual operational plan.

Table 3 Alignment between GRDC investment themes and Australian Government priorities

Rural R&D Priorities National Research Priorities GRDC themes
Productivity and Adding Value

Improve the productivity and profitability of existing industries and support the development of viable new industries.
Promoting and Maintaining Good Health 4 Advancing profitable farming systems

2 Improving crop yield

3 Protecting your crop
Supply Chain and Markets

Better understand and respond to domestic and international market and consumer requirements and improve the flow of such information through the whole supply chain, including to consumers.
1 Meeting market requirements

6 Building skills and capacity
Natural Resource Management

Support effective management of Australia’s natural resources to ensure primary industries are both economically and environmentally sustainable.
An Environmentally Sustainable Australia 5 Improving your farm resource base

4 Advancing profitable farming systems
Climate Variability and Climate Change

Build resilience to climate variability and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Protect Australia’s community, primary industries and environment from biosecurity threats.
Safeguarding Australia 3 Protecting your crop

Supporting the Rural R&D Priorities
Innovation Skills

Improve the skills to undertake research and apply its findings.
Frontier Technologies for Building and Transforming Australian Industries 6 Building skills and capacity

Promote the development of new and existing technologies.
2 Improving crop yield

3 Protecting your crop
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