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Rural Research and Development Corporations

Public inquiry

This inquiry has concluded. The final report was released on 15 June 2011.

Amongst other things, this inquiry examined the:

  • rationale for Commonwealth Government investment in rural research and development
  • appropriateness of current funding levels and arrangements - particularly levy arrangements, and matching Commonwealth contributions
  • extent to which Rural Research and Development Corporation (RRDC) funded projects provide for an appropriate balance between industry-specific and broader community benefits
  • effectiveness of the RRDC model in enhancing the competitiveness and productivity of Australia's rural industries
  • scope for improvements to the RRDC model - and any alternative models that could deliver better outcomes.

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Final Government response - see pages 31 to 45

Preliminary Government response

Media release: Productivity Commission Inquiry into Rural Research and Development

Please note: The draft report and issues paper are for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this inquiry refer to the inquiry report.

Issues paper (PDF - 385 Kb)

Draft report (PDF - 1271 Kb)

Draft report

The draft report for this project is not available online.

Contact the Commission's Web Team to request an electronic copy

Please note: The draft report is for research purposes only. For final outcomes of this inquiry refer to the inquiry report.