FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Grains Research Foundation Limited (GRFL)?
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GRFL is a not for profit incorporated company limited by quarantee. It was registered on 7th December 2006 to become the replacement company for the Grain Research Foundation (GRF) , a statutory authority established under the Grain Research Foundation Act 1976. GRF's assets and liabilities were transferred to GRFL on 1st January 2007.
Q: Who are the current Directors?
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GRFL's Constitution requires there to be seven (7) Directors. Four (4) Grower Directors are elected by the members and three (3) Independent Directors are appointed by the Grower Directors. The current Directors are Damien Scanlan, Wayne Newton, David Lund, Kaye Basford, John Obst and Ronald Thompson.
Q: Can anyone apply to be a member of GRFL?
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GRFL Constitution outlines the Membership. Any individual , partnership, corporation or its nominee and who or which is interested in the grain industries can apply for ordinary membership.
Q: What is GRFL intending to do for the Queensland grain industry?
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As mentioned above GRFL was registered on 7th December 2006 and received the assets and liabilities of the GRF on 1st January 2007. The objects of GRFL are identical to the functions of the GRF which it replaced. These objects are clearly spelt out in the GRFL Constitution.
Q: What is the source of the GRF's capital?
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GRFL received the assets and liabilities of GRF on 1st January 2007. GRF's assets were largely provided by grain growers through a voluntary research levy scheme operating in Queensland through the 1960's to about 1990.
Q: What is an RAC's?
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In the early 1990's the national grains industry research sector was undergoing significant structural and operational changes. The key stakeholders in the Queensland grain industry agreed that there was a need to formally structure the advisory arrangement for those directly involved in Queensland grain production (particularly grain growers). Four (4) Research Advisory Committees (RACs) were formed based around the four (4) major grain growing regions. These RAC's, under a Charter of Operations, produce annually the Priority Issues Paper which advises research providers and funders of current and emerging grain production problems. While initially established as sub-committees of GRF, the RACs were transferred to GRFL on 1st January 2007.
Q: Can anyone apply to be a member of an RAC?
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The Charter of Operations outlines the membership mix of the RACs (Click here). The memberships are reselected every three (3) years following a public call for applications. Applicants have to demonstrate a direct involvment in the grain industry.People wanting to express an interest in applying for selection in between "calls for applications" are encouraged to submit an "expression of interest" with the GRF. (Click here). The current term ends in 2009. 
Q: Are there remuneration payments for RAC members?
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Membership of an RACs is a voluntary position. However, members who are self employed are assisted with travel and accommodation costs.