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GRDC Review

Review of GRDC Governance Structure
 
Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI)
 
Text of an advertisement published 30 November 2013 in The Weekend Australian and Australian Financial Review.
 
Grain Producers Australia Ltd (GPA) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from consultants, individuals, organisations or project teams with the expertise required to undertake a review of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
 
The review will focus on examining if GRDC has a governance structure that will deliver robust, accountable and commercial Research Development and Extension (RD&E) outcomes to Levy payers in a changing operating environment.
 
This will include an assessment of current arrangements and whether structural changes of the GRDC are required to improve the RD&E outcomes for the Australian grains industry.
Terms of Reference (TOR) and other information available at www.grainproducers.com.au/grdc-review
 
EOI and resume to be submitted by 12 December 2013 to admin@grainproducers.com.au and should include a brief proposal based on the TOR; days required to complete each part of the review; availability and costs.
 
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BACKGROUND
 
Grain Producers Australia (GPA) represents Australia's broad acre, grain, pulse and oilseed producers at the national level. Broadly stated, GPA was created to foster a strong, innovative, profitable, globally competitive and environmentally sustainable grains industry in Australia.
 
The Grain Producers Australia portfolios include: Research and Development; Quarantine and Biosecurity; Environment and Sustainability; Trade and Market Access; Infrastructure as well as Grains Promotion and Market Support for grain producers and the grains industry in Australia.
 
GPA is the recognised Representative Organisation (RO) for the grains industry and has responsibility under the 1989 PIERD Act to consult with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) www.grdc.com.au on matters of grains research and performance of the Corporation.
 
GRDC is principally funded by a grower levy and Australian Government contributions. Its mission is to create value by driving the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation in the Australian grains industry.
 
A steering committee chaired by Terry Enright (a Director of GPA) is seeking expressions of interest from consultants, individuals, organisations or project teams to conduct a review of the GRDC governance structure under the following Terms of Reference (TOR) listed below.
 
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Review of GRDC Governance Structure – Terms of Reference (TOR)
Purpose:
Seek to ensure GRDC has a governance structure that will deliver robust, accountable and commercial RD&E outcomes to Levy payers in a changing operating environment.
 
Scope:
Review the current structure of GRDC to identify the structural and cultural strengths and impediments to delivering on the Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) agenda that will enable world-class innovation in, and profitability of, the Australian grains industry, with particular examination of:
 
A) The strengths and weaknesses of other RDC structures and other non RDC organisations
B) Whether potential changes to the PIERD and CAC Acts, or structural change, including but not limited to an industry owned company, are necessary to address impediments identified in (A).
C) Assess whether alternate models have the potential to improve the RD&E outcomes and profitability of the Grains industry.
D) Identify costs associated with change, both transactional and operating impact.
 
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PROCESS
More detailed information and briefing materials are available to parties wishing to submit an Expression of Interest by emailing a request to admin@grainproducers.com.au
 
Given the short time-frame to respond, a two-stage EOI process is proposed.
 
Stage 1:
Interested parties are requested to submit a simple, brief expression of interest and resume by 12 December 2013 for consideration to be short listed by the Steering Committee.
 
Stage 2:
Parties shortlisted will be invited (by 19 December 2013) to prepare a more expansive submission and present their proposal to the Steering Committee in mid-January 2014.
 
It is expected the successful party will be able to complete their review and present recommendations to the Steering Committee by mid-2014.
 

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