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Strategic Research & Development Plan 2012-17


The GRDC is principally funded by a grower levy and Australian Government contributions.

The levy is based on the net farm gate value of the annual production 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, mung beans, navy beans, pigeon peas, cowpeas and lentils; and oilseeds—canola, sunflower, soybean, safflower and linseed.

The Australian Government’s contribution is determined annually, based on the three-year rolling average of the gross value of production of the 25 leviable crops.


The GRDC works closely with Australian grain growers and the Australian Government, to ensure that their RD&E priorities are effectively addressed through GRDC investments. Grower interests are represented through:

  • the GRDC’s national and regional advisory panels
  • the reporting relationships between the GRDC and Grain Producers Australia
  • the proactive participation of grower groups in all aspects of RD&E
  • grower directors on the GRDC’s skills-basd Board
  • a range of GRDC-supported delivery and communication channels, such as Regional Cropping Solutions networks, grower and adviser updates, and technical workshops on specific issues.

The GRDC holds regular discussions with its portfolio department, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Understanding the importance of RD&E expertise and communication capability in achieving its outcomes, the GRDC also maintains strong connections with its other stakeholders, particularly research partners, including state departments, CSIRO, universities, cooperative research centres, other rural R&D corporations (RDCs), and investment partners from the private sector. Links with agribusiness, including farm advisers and agronomists, are growing, both in the performance of RD&E and the delivery of products and services.

Effective partnerships enable the GRDC to leverage resources and research capability; share market knowledge, technologies and intellectual property; and reduce the risk associated with individual, sole-funder investments. The GRDC collaborates with other RDCs, and with other organisations that have an interest in the grains value chain and enterprises at the farm level that are interdependent with grain growing, to increase the return on its investment and deliver greater benefits to the Australian grain grower.

The GRDC also builds strong relationships with organisations overseas, both to broaden the resources available to the Australian grains industry and to access international RD&E efforts that offer potential benefits, such as food security, for the wider Australian community.

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