Rural Research and Development Corporations

Inquiry report

This inquiry report was released on 15 June 2011.

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Contents

  • Preliminaries
    • Cover, Copyright, Letter, Terms of reference, Contents and Abbreviations
  • Overview - including key points
  • Recommendations and findings
  • Chapter 1 About the inquiry
    • 1.1 The context for this inquiry
    • 1.2 The Commission's approach
    • 1.3 A 'road map' for the report
  • Chapter 2 Rural research in Australia
    • 2.1 The broad framework
    • 2.2 The RDC model
    • 2.3 Recent RDC activity
    • 2.4 The international context
  • Chapter 3 Why support rural R&D?
    • 3.1 The benefits of rural R&D
    • 3.2 Market failure
    • 3.3 Other arguments for government intervention
    • 3.4 Forms of government intervention
  • Chapter 4 Public funding principles
    • 4.1 The basis for government involvement
    • 4.2 Funding level issues
  • Chapter 5 How well has the RDC model performed?
    • 5.1 The benefits from RDC research
    • 5.2 Strengths of the RDC model
    • 5.3 The value of public investment in the RDCs
  • Chapter 6 Reconfiguring the RDC model
    • 6.1 How significant are the problems in the current model?
    • 6.2 How do the alternatives measure up?
    • 6.3 A modified RDC model would be the best approach
  • Chapter 7 Future funding of the industry RDCs
    • 7.1 The draft report funding proposal
    • 7.2 Responses to the draft report
    • 7.3 The Commission's assessment
    • 7.4 The revised funding proposal
  • Chapter 8 Catering for broader rural R&D
    • 8.1 Funding separation options
    • 8.2 The draft report proposal
    • 8.3 Responses to the draft report proposal
    • 8.4 The Commission's assessment
    • 8.5 Creating Rural Research Australia
  • Chapter 9 Governance and reporting
    • 9.1 A principles-based approach
    • 9.2 Clarifying and refining goals and functions
    • 9.3 Promoting effective communication
    • 9.4 Improving governance and administration
    • 9.5 Strengthening performance monitoring and enforcement
  • Chapter 10 Levy arrangements
    • 10.1 Some more detail on levy arrangements
    • 10.2 Improving the levy system
    • 10.3 Should levies be imposed on processors?
    • 10.4 Voluntary contribution issues
    • 10.5 Are all levy payers receiving sufficient benefits?
  • Chapter 11 Some broader framework issues
    • 11.1 Collecting better funding and spending data
    • 11.2 Improved policy and program coordination
    • 11.3 Cost shifting
    • 11.4 The role of government in regard to extension
    • 11.5 R&D capacity issues
    • 11.6 Facilitating private investment in rural R&D
  • Chapter 12 Impacts and review
    • 12.1 What has the Commission sought to achieve?
    • 12.2 Likely impacts
    • 12.3 Is there any case for delayed introduction?
    • 12.4 Review arrangements
  • Appendix A Public consultation
  • Appendix B Quantitative studies on the benefits of investment in rural R&D
  • Appendix C Current assistance levels
  • References

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