About RIRDC

About RIRDC

Company Information

Overview

RIRDC is a statutory authority established by the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 (PIRD Act).  

The Corporation was established by the Australian Government to work with industry to invest in research and development for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic rural sector.

The Strategic and Rural Research Priorities of the Australian Government provide an over-arching framework for public investment in rural research and development. RIRDC’s investments are closely aligned with these priorities.

Our vision

Australian rural industries are innovative, adaptable and valuable.

Our purpose

Through research and development increase knowledge and understanding that fosters innovative, adaptable and valuable rural industries.

Our goals

  • Goal 1: Discover emerging opportunities and issues impacting rural industries
  • Goal 2: Deliver research that achieves value for rural industries and for Australia
  • Goal 3: Encourage diversity and advance the potential of people in rural industries and their communities

Through successfully implementing our vision, purpose and goals RIRDC will achieve the following outcome:

Increase knowledge that fosters sustainable, productive and profitable new and existing rural industries and furthers understanding of national rural issues through research and development in government-industry partnership.

Corporate Plans

The Rural Industries R&D Corporation Research & Development Plan 2016-21 has been developed to guide RIRDC’s activities and investment for the period 2016 – 2021.

In developing this plan, RIRDC consulted widely, analysed the current operating environment and the
circumstances facing rural industries and considered long term trends likely to impact on the value,
and innovative and adaptive capacity of Australian rural industries.

RIRDC also considered the National Science and Research Priorities announced by the Australian
Government in May 2015 and the Rural Research and Development Priorities announced in July 2015.

The R&D Plan commits RIRDC to investments that will enhance rural industries’ innovation, adaptive
capacity and value. It identifies three goals:

1. Discover emerging opportunities and issues impacting rural industries
2. Deliver research that achieves value for rural industries and for Australia
3. Encourage diversity and advance the potential of people in rural industries and their communities

These goals are supported by specific strategies that will guide RIRDC investment and operations.
RIRDC commits to two approaches to underpin all investment decisions:

• Applying a life-cycle analysis to investment
• Developing R&D partnerships for rural industries

Employment Information & Opportunities

Program Manager, Research & Innovation

  • Help shape the future of rural industries
  • Extension and commercial focus
  • Wagga Wagga

RIRDC is seeking to appoint a Program Manager, Research & Innovation to play an important role in shaping the organisation into the future. This position will be based at RIRDC’s new and exciting facility in Wagga Wagga. Reporting to (and working with) the General Manger – Research & Innovation, the Program Manager will have responsibility for initiating, developing and managing programs, securing significant cash and in-kind co-investment from industry and government stakeholders and pursuing new funding opportunities for the Corporation.

For confidential enquiries and for a copy of the position description (including selection criteria), please phone Mick Hay 07 3878 3411 or David Compton 02 9006 1214 or apply via www.rimfireresources.com.au

RIRDC Non-Executive Director positions

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s vision is to grow the long term prosperity of Australian rural industries. With a new location, direction and team, an exciting opportunity presents itself to contribute to the future direction of the Corporation.

If you align to our vision and are passionate about the following agricultural themes, then we would like to hear from you:

  • World-leading research and its application in Australia
  • Fostering emerging industries
  • Innovative thinking and groundbreaking technologies
  • Enhancing rural industries and regional communities
  • Supporting the industry leaders of tomorrow
  • Identification of national agricultural opportunities and challenges.

For more information, review the Non-Executive Directors Application Information Pack.

Applications are to be submitted by Friday 19 May 2017 (midnight AEST) to Lawrie Willett AO, Presiding Member, RIRDC Selection Committee via rirdcapplication@outlook.com


Workplace values

RIRDC values social and cultural diversity and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the provision of a safe and healthy work environment.

Enterprise Agreement

The Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s Enterprise Agreement 2013-2016 was approved under the Fair Work Act 2009 and came into operation on 1 July 2013.

Contacts & Related Information

Contact us

Rural Industries R&D Corporation

Phone:  02 6923 6900
Email:  rirdc@rirdc.gov.au
Address:  Building 007, Charles Sturt University, Boorooma St, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650
Postal Address:  c/o Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 588, Wagga Wagga NSW, 2678
Publication email enquiries: publications@rirdc.gov.au
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Key Contacts

John Harvey, Managing Director
Phone: 02 6923 6901
john.harvey@rirdc.gov.au

Christine Quick, General Manager - Corporate
Phone: 0407 602 877
christine.quick@rirdc.gov.au

Dr Dave Alden, General Manager Research and Innovation
Phone: 0457 513 014
dave.alden@rirdc.gov.au

Belinda Allitt, General Manager Communications and Capacity Building
Phone: 02 6923 6912
belinda.allitt@rirdc.gov.au

Key Contacts (External Research Managers)

Julie Bird, External Research Manager (New & Developing Animal Industries)
Phone: 0407 455 580
Julie.bird8@bigpond.com

Dr Kylie Hewson, External Research Manager (Chicken Meat)
Phone: 02 9927 4077
kylie.hewson@chicken.org.au


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Board of Directors

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Our Directors

The Rural Industries R&D Corporation currently has a eight-member Board, consisting of seven non-executive Directors and the Corporation’s Managing Director.

Chair - Mrs Kay Hull AM

Kay Hull is a Riverina personality, business woman, community leader and former Federal Member of Parliament.

Kay served as a National Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from October 1998 to August 2010, representing the Division of Riverina, New South Wales.  She was the first female NSW National to be elected to Federal Parliament and the first female Chief Nationals Whip.

Before entering Federal Parliament, Kay served on the Wagga Wagga City Council from 1991 to 1998, including five years as Deputy Mayor, and was Chair of the Council of Tourist Associations in NSW from 1995-1998. She was also a Ministerial appointment of to the Board of Tourism NSW from 1995-1998, and received the Rod Murdoch Award for Contribution to Tourism in NSW in 1998.

Kay has been a medium enterprise owner operator in the Motor Vehicles Trades and Services sector 1978. She was awarded the Golden Crow Roll of Honour Award for contribution to the business community of Wagga Wagga in 2010, and received the Freedom of the City of Wagga Wagga in March 2011.

She convened the Parliamentary Cancer Network from 1999 to 2010, and has been a Board member of Can Assist, a not for profit organisation, since 2010, and President since 2012.

She was appointed by the NSW Minister For Education to the NSW Skills Board in 2013 and was appointed as the Chair of The Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs by the Commonwealth Minister for Health in October 2014 and was awarded an AM in the 2015 Queens birthday Honours for her contribution to the Parliament of Australia and her leadership in the Riverina.

 


 


Mr Kevin Goss

Mr Goss has served in chief and senior executive roles in research companies, statutory authorities and government agencies covering natural resources and agricultural R&D, water resources and environmental policy, integrated catchment management, natural resources management, land conservation, agricultural extension and communication, and rural social development.

Currently Mr Goss is a member of the Biosecurity Council of Western Australia, an Honorary Research Fellow with The University of Western Australia and the independent chair of the Western Australian Marine Science Institution’s R&D Committee. He also consults to clients in agricultural and natural resources R&D.

Previously, Mr Goss was Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Future Farm Industries Co-operative Research Centre Ltd (2007-2011) and CEO of the CRC for Plant-based Management of Dryland Salinity (2004-2007).

Prior to that he was General Manager Natural Resources and Deputy Chief Executive for the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (1998-2004), Chair of the National Dryland Salinity Program for Land & Water Australia (2000-2004), and Executive Director, Sustainable Rural Development in the Western Australian Department of Agriculture (1995-1998).

Mr Goss has a strong professional interest in integration of R&D, industry and community engagement, and education and training in innovation, adoption of new practices and development of public policy to improve farm productivity and natural resource management.

Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17.

M.A. (Communication), Michigan State University; B.Sc. (Agriculture) Hons (UWA)




 

Dr Tony Hamilton

Dr Hamilton is a farmer from Forbes, NSW who is currently the managing director of a diversified cropping and livestock business.

Dr Hamilton has an interest in new crops, having been involved with the azuki bean industry in NSW, which was also the subject of his doctoral thesis.

Dr Hamilton is Chair of the Australian Jojoba Industry Association and former chair of RIRDC's New and Emerging Plant Industries Committee. Dr Hamilton is a current member of the GRDC's Regional Cropping Solutions - Irrigation panel. 

Dr Hamilton also holds a graduate diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a Nuffield Scholar. Dr Hamilton has a keen interest in agricultural RD& E and evidence-based agriculture.

Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17.

Bsc.Agr (Hons), PhD (Uni of Syd)


Dr William Ryan

Dr Ryan is currently the Chairman of the Agricultural Produce Commission of Western Australia and a member of GRDC’s Western Panel. Dr Ryan also provides independent consulting services to a range of clients in the agricultural sector and has been a member of an international team that reviewed the agricultural education, training and research system of Morocco.

Dr Ryan has previously been the CEO of the Kondinin Group (2003-2008) and a senior executive with the Heytesbury Group (1994-2002).

In 2005-06 Dr Ryan was a member of the Federal Government’s Agriculture and Food Policy Reference Group. Prior to this, Dr Ryan was involved in animal production research with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture.

Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17
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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (UWA); PhD (UWA)




 

Dr William Ryan

Dr Ryan is currently the Chairman of the Agricultural Produce Commission of Western Australia and a member of GRDC’s Western Panel. Dr Ryan also provides independent consulting services to a range of clients in the agricultural sector and has been a member of an international team that reviewed the agricultural education, training and research system of Morocco.

Dr Ryan has previously been the CEO of the Kondinin Group (2003-2008) and a senior executive with the Heytesbury Group (1994-2002).

In 2005-06 Dr Ryan was a member of the Federal Government’s Agriculture and Food Policy Reference Group. Prior to this, Dr Ryan was involved in animal production research with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture.

Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17
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Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (UWA); PhD (UWA)



Ms Heather Stacy AM

Ms Stacy has extensive agribusiness experience with a career in non-executive and executive roles in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors within Australia and internationally.

From 2008 to 2014, Ms Stacy held senior roles with the Fonterra Co-operative Group in Australia and New Zealand. Previous executive roles included positions with BlueScope Steel, United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, Simplot and Metro Meat International.

Ms Stacy has considerable experience in strategic planning and execution, as well as strong skills in commercial management, supply chain, stakeholder engagement, innovation and leadership. Her corporate experience spans the agribusiness, industrial and fast moving consumer goods sectors.

Ms Stacy is passionate about the agricultural industry and rural and regional Australia. Ms Stacy is a recipient of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and an ANZAC Fellow. 

Ms Stacy has held board positions previously with the Victorian WorkCover Authority and Central Bayside Division of General Practice.

Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17
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Dip App Sci (Ag); MBA (UofSA); GAICD; Grad Cert Rural Leadership (JCU)




Dr Keith Steele

Dr Steele has served as a Director on numerous company boards, including as Deputy Chairman of Beef CRC Limited (2006-2013), Deputy Chairman of eWater Ltd (2005-2012), Chairman of eWater Innovation Pty Ltd (2007-2011), Chairman of the South Australia Natural Resource Management Research Alliance (2008-2010), Non-Executive Director of AgResearch Australia Pty Ltd (2000-2001) and Chairman of Analytical Research Laboratories Ltd in New Zealand (1998-2001).

Dr Steele is currently Managing Director of Steele Business Solutions Pty Ltd and is also contracted by AusIndustry as a Case Manager for Commercialisation Australia.

Previously Dr Steele was Chief Executive Officer of AgResearch Ltd in New Zealand (1997-2003), a company that had annual revenues exceeding $130 million and a staff of 980.

Dr Steele has also served as Chief Scientist (1991-1995) and then Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (1995-1997). 

Appointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17.

DPhil (Chemistry) (Waikato University, NZ); MAgrSc (1st Class Honours in Soil Science) (Massey University, NZ);  BAgrSc (Massey University, NZ)





Dr Len Stephens

Dr Stephens is currently the Managing Director of the Seafood CRC Company Ltd, a Cooperative Research Centre involving 30 industry and scientific partners focused on seafood productivity and market development.

His previous positions and experience are: Company Director - Dairy Australia Ltd (2007-2010); Principal - Global Innovation Options Pty Ltd - Management Consultancy (January 2007-June 2007); Chairman - Australian Wool Exchange, Industry Standards Advisory Committee (2007); Chief Executive Officer, Australian Wool Innovation Ltd (2003-2006; General Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd (1996-2003, Southern Program Manager, Meat Research Corporation (1996-1998); Inaugural Director, Victorian Institute of Animal Science (1987-1996; Company Director, Daratech Pty Ltd (1990-1995); Director, Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Bairnsdale, Victoria (1982-1987. 

Appointed on 01/07/11 until 30/06/14. Extended to 30/09/14. Reappointed on 16/10/14 until 30/09/17.

AICD; Dip Agr Sci; BVSc; MSc; PhD 


Ms Heather Stacy





Dr Keith Steele


Ms Heather Stacy





Dr Keith Steele

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Advisory Panels

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Advisory Panels

The Rural Industries R&D Corporation is committed to working with industry to deliver the research and development outcomes that rural Australia needs.  The Corporation works closely with advisory panels (listed below) to decide on research priorities and to make investment decisions each year.

Chicken Meat

Chair (vacant), Mr Gary Millar (V/Chair), Dr Pat Blackall, Mr Greg Underwood, Dr Tom Grimes, Dr Margaret MacKenzie, Mr Tim Wilson, Mr Greg McDonald, Mr Greg Hargreave, Dr Kylie Hewson (RIRDC, External Program Manager)

Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership

Mr Gordon Gregory (Chairperson), Mr Simon Winter (RIRDC, Research Manager), Mr Tom McCue (GRDC), Ms Sally Knight (CRDC), Ms Irene Sobotta (MLA), Mr Justin Roach (AMPC)

Ginger

Mr Shane Templeton (Chair), Mr Anthony Rehbein, Dr John de Majnik (RIRDC, Senior Program Manager), Dr Mike Smith, Mr Jason Keating, Mr Noel Stevens, Ms Alison Robb (RIRDC, Senior Program Coordinator)

Honey Bee and Pollination

Dr Michael Hornitzky (Chairperson), Dr Saul Cunningham, Ms Kathryn Young (HIA), Dr Peter Whittle (HIA), Mr Brett Rosenzweig, Mr Angus Crawford, Dr Boris Baer, Mr Ben Hooper, Mr James Kershaw, Dr Dave Alden (RIRDC, Senior Program Manager)

Animal Industries (New, Developing and Maturing)

Dr Paul Donnelly (Chair), Dr David Falepau, Mrs Fiona Vanderbeek, Mr Doug Jobson, Dr Doug Stapleton, Mr Athel Smith, Ms Julie Bird (External Research Manager - RIRDC), Dr Dave Alden (RIRDC Senior Program Manager)

New and Emerging Plant Industries

Mr David McNeil (Chair), Ms Prue McMichael, Mr Russell Glover, Mr Chris Joseph, Mr Peter Philipzen, Mr Phillip Butlin, Dr John de Majnik (RIRDC, Senior Program Manager), Ms Alison Robb (RIRDC, Senior Program Coordinator), Mr Ian Southwell

Pasture Seeds

Mr Chris Martin (Chair), Mr Joe Cook, Mr Keith Glasson, Ms Mary-Jane Rogers, Mr Shane Oster, Ms Margie Heath (RIRDC, Program Manager)

Rice

Mr Ian Mason (Chairperson), Mr Drew Braithwaite, Mr Peter Kaylock, Mr Garry Knagge, Mr Peter Herrmann, Mr Barry Kirkup, Dr John Sheppard, Dr Laurie Lewin, Mr Russell Ford, Michael Beer (RIRDC, Program Manager)

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Corporate Governance

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Corporate Governance

Funding Agreement 2015-2019

On 4 June 2015 RIRDC signed a Funding Agreement with the Australian Government. This Funding Agreement sets out expectations about performance, transparency and accountability to levy payers, the Government and to the public.

Download the Funding Agreement 2015-2019



RIRDC Board Governance Manual

The Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s Board Governance Manual is publicly available.

Download the Board Governance Manual

The Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s Audit Committee Charter is publicly available.

Download the Audit Committee Charter



Indexed lists of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s files

As part of Standing Orders of the Senate the Rural Industries R&D Corporation is required to provide access to an indexed list of the titles of all relevant files, including new parts of existing files, that it has created from 1 January 1998.

The most recent index files can be downloaded here:

July to December 2016 list

January to June 2016 list

 Privacy Policy

More information about RIRDC's privacy policy can be found on the privacy policy page of this website.

Click here to go to RIRDC's privacy policy page.

RIRDC Program Framework

The Rural Industries R&D Corporation's Program framework is publicly available.

Download the RIRDC Program Framework


 

Fraud Control

The RIRDC Fraud Control Policy and Plan sets out the approach for the prevention and management of fraud or allegations of fraud within the Rural Industries R&D Corporation. The Corporation’s risk appetite for fraud is zero tolerance.

The Fraud Control Plan includes the process for notification of any suspected fraud and the relevant contacts. The template and guidelines for reporting an allegation of fraud are located below.

The RIRDC Fraud Control Plan 2016-2018

The RIRDC Fraud Control - Allegation reporting template and guidelines


Public Interest Disclosure

A Public Interest Disclosure may be lodged with the RIRDC Authorised Officer, who is the General Manager, Corporate, via email: pid@rirdc.gov.au

Public Interest Disclosure logo

Download RIRDC's Public Interest Disclosure Policy and Procedures.



Portfolio Budget Statement

The purpose of the Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) is to inform Senators and Members of Parliament of the proposed allocation of resources to Government outcomes by agencies within a portfolio.

Agencies receive resources from the annual appropriations bills, special appropriations (including standing appropriations and special accounts) and revenue from other sources.

The 2015-16 RIRDC Portfolio Budget Statement



Freedom of Information

Information about making a Freedom of Information (FOI) request and RIRDC's FOI response procedures can be found on the Freedom of Information page of this website.

Click here to visit RIRDC's FOI page.