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Collaboration and Communications Manager

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The Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations is looking for an experienced communication, stakeholder and relationships manager to implement our cross-RDC collaboration framework, and drive our stakeholder engagement and communication strategy.

The 15 rural RDCs are Australia’s largest industry innovation program. We work and invest in research and development, technology transfer and adoption, market access, market development and promotion to deliver real benefits for rural industries, communities and the nation.

In this role you’ll work closely with the Council’s Executive Officer and key staff from across the RDCs to facilitate collaboration, craft and disseminate content, and build critical relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The position description is available in Word and PDF formats.

To apply please send a statement of claims against the position description and your current resume, including details of at least two referees, to secretariat@crrdc.com.au, or by post to Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations, PO Box 4746, KINGSTON  ACT  2604.

Applications close at 12 noon on Monday 7 August 2017.

For more information contact Tim Lester, Executive Officer on 02 6270 8898 or 0437 524 933.

Council of Rural RDCs – Meeting Communique (6 March 2017)

The Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations meets twice a year, usually in March and September. The most recent meeting was held on Monday 6 March 2017. Council Chair Council unanimously elected MLA Chair Dr Michele Allan to be Chair of the Council of Rural RDCs for the next term. A term for the […]

New research ideas sought to benefit Australian sugarcane industry

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) is seeking new and innovative research ideas that will help improve the productivity and profitability of Australian sugarcane growers and millers.

SRA is the industry-owned corporation for research, development and adoption for the Australian sugarcane industry, and one of the 15 Rural RDCs. Each year it invests in targeted activities that will deliver benefits on-farm and at the mill.

SRA is now putting the call out for applications for new research projects that would begin from July 1, 2017 onwards.

SRA CEO Mr Neil Fisher said that research ideas are sought within identified priority areas that aligned with the SRA strategic plan and four Impact Areas.

“SRA has analysed our current portfolio of research activity, and the current call for projects is being prioritised toward new projects that would fill a gap in our existing research knowledge,” Mr Fisher said.

“We encourage researchers and research institutions to put their best ideas forward so that we can create real benefit for growers and millers.

“We also seek projects that have been developed in consultation with industry, that have a focus on collaboration, and would require an investment that is realistic in relation to the potential outcomes.”

More information on the SRA strategic plan and four Impact Areas is available on the SRA website, www.sugarresearch.com.au.

Information on how to apply is also available from the SRA website, or you can call the SRA Research Funding Unit on (07) 3331 3333 or funding@sugarresearch.com.au.

Applications opened on September 1, 2016, and they will close on October 9, 2016.

SRA will run a two stage selection process that begins with the submission of preliminary research proposals (PRPs), and then successful PRP applicants will be invited to submit a final research proposal (FRP).

Council of Rural RDCs – Meeting Communique (30 August 2016)

The Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations meets twice a year, usually in March and September. The most recent meeting was held on Tuesday 30 August 2016.

Update from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Council was pleased to welcome Deputy Secretary David Williamson from the Department for an update on priorities within the department and government. Mr Williamson advised the Council that the department has just released its Corporate Plan 2016-17 which provides some detail on key priorities and performance measures. He noted the opportunity for the department and RDCs to work more closely together on some collaborative projects and activities, and highlighted biosecurity as an area of interest. The department and RDCs should also be working together with regards to the role and place of rural innovation within the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and the Council noted a key role for the RDCs in supporting the Department Secretary in his participation in the National Science and Technology Committee which reports to the Commonwealth Science Council. Mr Williamson also noted that the Primary Industries Levies and Collections Amendment Bill is scheduled for reintroduction into Parliament during this session. The bill has not been amended from the version previously considered.

Strategic Approach

The Council confirmed its support for a strategic approach which aims to deliver value for the RDCs, with a strong focus on the areas where collective effort and engagement will increase impact. The identified areas of focus are:
• Articulation of an overall performance story for the Rural RDCs and the industry-government partnership (Rural RDC) model
• Aggregation and analysis of data and information relating to the role and performance of the RDCs within the rural innovation system
• Coordination and brokerage for more effective partnerships and collaborations, and to leverage investments made across the RDCs for greatest impact and benefit
• Representation on the benefits of the RDC model and the impacts of the RDCs, including a strong focus on engagement within the National Innovation and Science Agenda and interaction with the National Farmers’ Federation.

The ambition of the Council is that rural industries are thriving through innovation, now and into the future. It will deliver on this ambition by building on the efforts of the Rural RDCs, and is continuing to invest in improving collaboration and partnerships, impact assessment and performance, and communications and positioning.

Impact Assessment and Performance

The Council was provided with the findings of an updated aggregated analysis of economic evaluations across the RDCs. A report will now be prepared for publication of the results, supported by a communications program to interpret and promote the outcomes.
Council also noted that a detailed report had been received for stage 2 of this work which reviewed the current approach to impact assessment and reporting, and identified a number of options for improvement. The evaluation working group will be assessing this report and will prepare a response for consideration by Council for future action.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communications

An extensive update was provided of activity through the stakeholder engagement and communications project, and noted the progress being made. The next stage of the project is to activate an engagement strategy, and this relies on the involvement and support of the RDCs.

GrowAg Summit

The Council agreed to make a financial contribution to the upcoming GrowAg Summit in Albury.

Collaboration

Collaboration is a priority area of activity for the Council, and it is pleased to note active engagement across the RDCs in progressing this item. A cross-RDC collaboration forum to review and report on outcomes from collaboration will be held in November, and then annually. The Council will also prepare an annual statement reporting on collaborative

Levy payer databases

The Council noted a number of developments across the RDCs relating to the management of information about levy payers, and the potential impact of the proposed amendments to the legislation. The RDCs have agreed to continue exploring opportunities to work together on this issue.

Leadership and capacity building

The Council noted the number of investments being made across the RDCs on industry leadership. The Council is to investigate the scale of these investments in order to understand where there may be opportunities for improved outcomes.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Council will be held in Canberra on Monday 6 March 2017. The next meeting of the RDC CEOs will be held on Tuesday 13 December 2016.

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