Australia has a nationally agreed framework to support improved coordination and management of research investment, infrastructure and capability for all primary industries. Responsibility for overseeing and implementing the framework falls to the national Research & Innovation (R&I) Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Agriculture Senior Officials Committee (AgSOC).
The members of AgSOC are the heads of the national and state and territory agriculture and primary industries departments. Membership of the R&I Committee includes representatives from the national and state and territory governments along with the CSIRO, the Rural RDCs, the Bureau of Meteorology and the university sector through representation from the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture. Current membership of the R&I Committee includes the CEOs of the Cotton and Rural Industries RDCs, along with the CEO of Horticulture Innovation Australia, all of whom are also participant members of the PBRI. The Council of Rural RDCs is also represented on the R&I Committee and the PBRI Management Committee. More information about the National Primary Industries Research and Development Framework and the R&I Committee can be found at npirdef.org.
The National Plant Biosecurity Research, Development and Extension Strategy was endorsed in 2013 as a cross-sectoral strategy under the national RD&E Framework. It is one of seven cross-sectoral strategies and 14 commodity specific strategies.
Implementation of the plant biosecurity RD&E strategy is overseen by an Implementation Committee (NPBRDESIC). Members of the implementation committee include representatives from the DAWR, state and territory departments with plant biosecurity responsibility, horticulture, grains and wine rural RDCs, the Council of Rural RDCs, and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. The Implementation Committee is chaired and supported by Plant Health Australia.
Cross sectoral research priorities from the Implementation Committee will be submitted to the PBRI for consideration.