Grain growers are forming an industry based steering committee to change the structure of the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Australian grain producer representative organisations met in Canberra on March 6 to agree the formation of a steering committee to guide the next stage in developing a new governance structure for the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC).

Eight state and national farming groups will form a committee to work alongside Grain Producers Australia to potentially move the GRDC to an industry owned corporation.

GRDC engaged Marsden Jacob Associates in 2014 to conduct a review to identify governance structures that will deliver robust, accountable and commercial research, development and extension (RD&E) outcomes to levy payers in a changing operating environment going forward.

Marsden Jacob Associates governance reform recommendations were unanimously accepted by the producer group. For a group of nine state and national grain farmer bodies working on this issue to reach agreement and unanimously support the recommendations is an extraordinarily positive outcome that reflects the quality of consultation that Rod Carr and Gavan Dwyer undertook and the clear recommendations that emerged from their analysis.

The governance reforms will support Australian grain growers to lift industry productivity through ongoing effort in RD&E. The first meeting of the steering committee will be held in April. The organisations working together on this project are AgForce Queensland, Grain Growers Ltd, Grain Producers Australia, Grain Producers South Australia, NSW Farmers Association, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, VFF Grains Group, WA Farmers, and WA Grains Group.

Read the Marsden Jacob report here.


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