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On 30 July 2014, the Final Report for the Independent Review of the Structural Governance Options for the GRDC was completed.  The Final Report can accessed here:

Final Report – Grains Research and Development Corporation: Independent Strategic Governance Review.*

Review authors

This review was undertaken by Gavan Dwyer (Associate Director) and Rod Carr (Associate Director).  Enquires about this review should be directed to Gavan and Rod.

About the Review

On 13 February 2014, the Grain Producers Association (GPA) and Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) jointly announced the appointment of independent consultant Marsden Jacob Associates to undertake the structural review of the GRDC.

The review was guided by a Steering Committee of grower representatives and is being undertaken in cooperation with the GRDC Board recognising that an independent review should be arm’s length from existing governance institutions and ultimately the industry must decide which legal structure is preferred.

Focus and boundaries of the Review

Stakeholders should note that the review had a strategic focus. It considered the strengths and weakness of current and alternative legal structures, and identify and weigh the benefits and cost (including risk) of both no change (Statutory Corporation) and change alternatives.

The following matters are the scope of the review:

  • organisational efficiency and performance of functions;
  • the statutory grower levy; and
  • grains marketing arrangements.

Submission process

The formal consultation on the review has now concluded. The final report is expected to be completed and made public in late July / early August 2014.This review is the first phase of a process for the grains industry to consider future governance options for GRDC. Growers and other industry stakeholders had an opportunity to participate in this independent review by making a submission on the:

  • Issues Paper released on 7 April 2014. Submissions on the Issues Paper closed on 5pm, 9 May 2014 (from 5pm, 30 April 2014)
  • Draft Consultation Report released on 24 June 2014.  Submissions on the Draft Consultation Report closed at 5pm on 21 July 2014.

How were submissions made?

Submissions were received via email or fax. Marsden Jacob also undertook targeted consultation at key points in the project with representatives from peak industry bodies, state farmer organisation and industry leaders.


The following submissions were received in response to the Issues Paper:

  1. Submission #1 – Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
  2. Submission #2 – Mr Warren Hunt
  3. Submission #3 – Composite Group
  4. Submission #4 – Agforce: Grains
  5. Submission #5 – Victorian Farmers Federation: Grains Group
  6. Submission #6 – WA Grains Group
  7. Submission #7 – NSW Farmers

The following submissions were received in response to the Draft Consultation Report:

  1. Submission #1 – Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
  2. Submission #2 – Western Australian Farmers
  3. Submission #3 – NSW Farmers’ Association
  4. Submission #4 – Grain Growers Limited
  5. Submission #5 – WA Grains Group
  6. Submission #6 – Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
  7. Submission #7 – Pastoralists & Graziers Association of Western Australia
  8. Submission #8 – Grain Producers SA
  9. Submission #9 – AgForce Queensland

All non-confidential submissions received in response to the Issues Paper and Draft Consultation Report are available on this webpage.

*  The final report was amended on 8 October 2014 reflecting feedback from PGA.