Natural Resource Management Research

The Australian Government’s priorities for rural research and development are aligned with the programs the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has developed. These programs promote and develop competitive, profitable and sustainable Australian agriculture, food, fisheries and forest industries. This promotes sustainable economic development and job creation, particularly in rural and regional Australia.

The Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 provides for funding and administration of research and development into primary industries, in order to:

  • increase the economic, environmental and social benefits to primary industries and the broader Australian community by improving the production, processing, storage, transport or marketing of the products of primary industries
  • achieve the sustainable use and management of natural resources
  • make more effective use of the resources and skills of the community in general, and the scientific community in particular, and
  • improve accountability for expenditure on research and development in relation to primary industries.

Fifteen RDCs and companies have been established under the Act and are working towards these outcomes.

Sustainable Resource Management Division coordinates and integrates natural resource management with research and development activities through working in close collaboration with Land and Water Australia (LWA). The division and LWA aim to maximise the value of natural resource management research done by the RDCs.

There is a particular focus on:

  • technology transfer and the dissemination of research results to policy makers and industry, and
  • research and development activities related to Caring for our Country.