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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2015-16
Research priorities While AWI’s R&D and marketing priorities are determined by woolgrowers as identified by industry through AWI’s Annual Planning and Consultation Cycle, AWI has also taken into account the Australian Government’s National Research Priorities (NRPs), announced by the Australian Government on 5 December 2002, and Rural Research and Development Priorities (RRDPs), announced by the Australian Government on 8 May 2007, in setting its R&D investments in addition to other directives and priorities the Government communicates to AWI. National Research Priorities The Government’s NRPs focused on key areas of social, economic and environmental importance to Australia, where a whole-of-government focus had the potential to improve research and broader policy outcomes. The priorities were: • promoting and maintaining good health • an environmentally sustainable Australia • safeguarding Australia • frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries. Rural Research and Development Priorities The Government’s RRDPs were intended to make the national innovation effort more coordinated, efficient and effective, and better position Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, forestry and food industries to maintain a competitive edge in the face of economic and climatic challenges. The RRDPs and related objectives were: • 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. • Innovation Skills: To improve the skills to undertake research and apply its findings. • Technology: To promote the development of new and existing technologies. Alignment of AWI investment to Government research priorities The table below summarises how investment undertaken by AWI during 2015/16 aligns with the NRPs and RRDPs. National Research Priorities (NRP) Rural Research & Development Priorities (RRDP) $’000s % Promoting and Maintaining Good Health (including strengthening Australia’s social & economic fabric) Productivity and Adding Value $9,870 13% Supply Chain and Markets $58,422 76% An Environmentally Sustainable Australia Natural Resource Management $410 1% Climate Variability and Climate Change $308 1% Safeguarding Australia Biosecurity $2,634 3% Frontier Technologies for Building and Transforming Australian Industries Innovation Skills and Technology (supporting RRDPs) $4,875 6% TOTAL (external) $76,519 100% 56 GOOD BUSINESS
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