Modernising the RDC system

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Public consultation on modernising the RDC system is closed. Thank you to all those who participated.

We are seeking ways to modernise and improve the Research and Development Corporation (RDC) system.

Innovation is the key to the future prosperity of our agricultural sector. Our RDC system drives agricultural innovation. This system must be modern, fit for purpose, and able to respond to change.

You can now read about the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda.

Here’s how you had your say

Consultation on how to modernise and improve our RDC system started on 23 September 2019 and finished on 20 December 2019.

You gave feedback through:

  • An online survey
  • Written submissions

There were more than 6100 page views and 937 document downloads during the consultation period.

Who engaged

We received more than 180 submissions through our online forms (surveys and written submissions).

  • 32% of respondents identified as industry bodies
  • 26% identified as research organisations
  • 12% identified as producers
  • 30% identified as ‘other’ (extension providers, levy payers, RDCs, government representatives, accelerators).

What you told us

Through the consultation process, you raised a number of suggestions for modernising the RDC system. A majority of respondents agreed that the RDC system could be improved.

Most agreed that a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate for issues within the RDC system and identified the key strength of the system is its ability to address the individual needs of respective sectors.

Respondents believed that improvements to the broader agricultural innovation system would support better outcomes.

Half of submissions were unclear whether RDCs should play a role in advocacy.

Next steps

The Minister has announced next steps for the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda.

Submissions

You can now read the summary report on the submissions we received in the document library.

Public consultation on modernising the RDC system is closed. Thank you to all those who participated.

We are seeking ways to modernise and improve the Research and Development Corporation (RDC) system.

Innovation is the key to the future prosperity of our agricultural sector. Our RDC system drives agricultural innovation. This system must be modern, fit for purpose, and able to respond to change.

You can now read about the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda.

Here’s how you had your say

Consultation on how to modernise and improve our RDC system started on 23 September 2019 and finished on 20 December 2019.

You gave feedback through:

  • An online survey
  • Written submissions

There were more than 6100 page views and 937 document downloads during the consultation period.

Who engaged

We received more than 180 submissions through our online forms (surveys and written submissions).

  • 32% of respondents identified as industry bodies
  • 26% identified as research organisations
  • 12% identified as producers
  • 30% identified as ‘other’ (extension providers, levy payers, RDCs, government representatives, accelerators).

What you told us

Through the consultation process, you raised a number of suggestions for modernising the RDC system. A majority of respondents agreed that the RDC system could be improved.

Most agreed that a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate for issues within the RDC system and identified the key strength of the system is its ability to address the individual needs of respective sectors.

Respondents believed that improvements to the broader agricultural innovation system would support better outcomes.

Half of submissions were unclear whether RDCs should play a role in advocacy.

Next steps

The Minister has announced next steps for the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda.

Submissions

You can now read the summary report on the submissions we received in the document library.