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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
• There are plenty of industry funders of AWI’s National Merino Challenge. • The Australian Rural Leadership Program is supported by AWI along with other sponsors including other RDCs. • AWI sponsors LambEx along with plenty of other sponsors. • The Young Farming Champions program is co- funded by AWI along with a collection of other funders. • The Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and supported by AWI along with other organisations including other RDCs. • AWI and the WA Shearing Industry Association have teamed up to start work on a shearing shed safety program. • There is investment by AWI along with many other sponsors of events at wool industry shows including the Australian Sheep & Wool Show, Sheepvention, Wagin Woolorama, Katanning Sheep Show & Sale, National Merino Sheep Show, Sydney Royal, Adelaide Royal, Perth Royal etc. GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND RESEARCH PRIORITIES The Australian Government is a major investor in AWI, collecting and disbursing statutory levies and providing taxpayer funds for eligible industry research, development and extension (RD&E) activities. As the wool industry’s rural Research and Development Corporation (RDC), AWI is the Australian Government's primary vehicle for funding innovation in the wool industry. National RD&E Framework AWI’s plans for RD&E delivery align where relevant with the National RD&E Framework, an Australian Government initiative to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of RD&E delivery nationally. The initiative includes strategies for all agricultural sectors including wool, and cross sector strategies including animal welfare, biosecurity and climate change. The RDCs, including AWI, the State Government agencies, CSIRO and universities are all signatories to the initiative. AWI participates in the National RD&E Framework through its own sector strategy, the National Wool RD&E Strategy, and also through support for three cross- sectoral Strategies, in partnership with other RDCs – the National Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy, the Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries, and the National Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy. Wool Industry National RD&E Strategy 2017-20 The National RD&E Framework facilitates greater coordination among the different Commonwealth, State governments, CSIRO, RDCs, industry and university sectors to better harmonise their roles in RD&E related to primary industries and assure that they work together effectively to maximise net benefits to Australia. The Strategy Oversight Committee came together in April 2018 to share program updates, research capacity availability, future investment needs and opportunities for collaboration. The following organisations come together for the National Wool RD&E Strategy: Government • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry • New South Wales Department of Primary Industries • Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation • South Australian Government Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA, and the South Australian Research and Development Institute • Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, • Agriculture Victoria • Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food, the Department of Fisheries, and the Forest Products Commission Research & Development Corporations • Australian Wool Innovation Limited Industry • Australian Wool Exchange • Australian Wool Testing Authority • WoolProducers Australia • Federation of Australian Wool Organisations • Southern Australian Meat Research Council (link to MLA) University Sector • Australian Council of the Deans of Agriculture Research Agencies • CSIRO Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI) AWI continues to participate in the CCRSPI. This initiative, undertook an extensive review this year to determine its focus for the coming stage of the program. Research funds are directed towards research projects and activities, and communication with government policy makers on key climate issues facing the primary industries sector. National Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy (NABRDES) AWI has continued to support the NABRDES financially and operationally, as well as actively driving the wool sector’s own biosecurity RD&E strategy (Australian Wool Industry EAD Preparedness RD&E Strategy), through the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations (FAWO), and internationally, through the International Wool Textile Organisation’s (IWTO) Wool Biosecurity Working Group. In 2017/18, AWI was represented on the Writing Group charged with reviewing and updating the NABRDES Strategy. The updated Strategy is expected to be submitted for endorsement by the National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee in August 2018. GOOD BUSINESS 65
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