Rural Research and Development Priorities

In 1994 the Australian Government established a set of Rural Research and Development Priorities to balance new and ongoing R&D investment needs for the primary production sector, and to ensure R&D objectives of the Australian Government are met.

The Australian Government reviewed the Priorities in 2007 in order to refresh the national understanding of current critical R&D investment needs and to better target agricultural, fisheries, forestry and food industry R&D efforts.  A common understanding of rural research priorities will better position Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry and food industries to embrace innovations and adopt new technologies to respond to market changes, to open up new markets and maintain a competitive edge in the face of economic and climatic challenges.

The new Rural R&D Priorities were developed in consultation with state and territory governments, industry, research funders and providers.  A shared approach to priority setting among the players helps focus R&D efforts on issues of major importance. The Priorities will enable issues of common concern to be explored in a coordinated and cost effective way. These Priorities also complement the National Research Priorities PDF Icon PDF [1mb].

The R&D priorities focus R&D investment in areas of greatest need and are particularly important in guiding the Rural Research and Development Corporations and Companies and thus impact significantly on the work of research providers and other research investors in related fields. 

The Rural Research and Development Priorities are described, together with complementary research activities of critical importance over the next five to ten years, in the Priorities Booklet PDF Icon PDF [1mb]

The new national Rural Research and Development Priorities are:

Productivity and Adding Value
Improve the productivity and profitability of existing industries and support the development of viable new industries.

Supply Chain and Markets
Better understand and respond to domestic and international market and consumer requirements and improve the flow of such information through the whole supply chain, including to consumers.

Natural Resource Management
Support effective management of Australia’s natural resources to ensure primary industries are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Climate Variability and Climate Change
Build resilience to climate variability and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Biosecurity
Protect Australia’s community, primary industries and environment from biosecurity threats.

Supporting the Rural Research and Development Priorities
Improve the skills to undertake research and apply its findings.

Promote the development of new and existing technologies.