A central role in managing national cross sectoral research
RIRDC has a unique mandate to undertake cross sectoral research into a range of significant national rural issues.
RIRDC manages and develops collaborative research programs on issues that span across all rural industries, such as climate change, natural resource management, health safety and welfare, capacity building and leadership. Issues like the trade agenda, foreign investment, food security and land and resource competition are also being addressed by RIRDC-funded research.
RIRDC supports and participates in the National Primary Industries RD&E Framework developed through the Primary Industries Ministerial Council. This Framework is being implemented through a number of sector and cross-sector strategies.
RIRDC is the host of the Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries and leads the Chicken Meat, Bioenergy and New and Emerging Industries strategies. The Corporation also participates in the Climate Change, Animal Welfare, Water Use in Agriculture, and Biosecurity strategies.