What are RAC's

In 1992 joint agreement was reached among QGGA, QDPI, CSIRO, the University of Queensland & GRDC to establish 4 Research Advisory Committees for grain industry consultation. A Charter of Operations was drawn up under which the RACs were to operate. This charter is reviewed and revises on an on-going basis. The last review was in June 2009.

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Click here to view Charter of Operations of RACs. It was agreed that 4 RACs, as sub-committees of the GRFL, be established based on the following regions.

RAC Regions

  • Central Queensland
    Clermont, Emerald, Springsure, Moura, Theodore, Monto, Biloela, Rockhampton and Mackay districts
  • South East Queensland
    Mundubbera, Gayndah, Kingaroy, Gatton, Boonah, Gympie and Bundaberg districts
  • Darling Downs -
    Toowoomba, Warwick, Pittsworth, Dalby and Chinchilla districts
  • Western Downs & Maranoa
    Taroom, Miles, Tara, Goondiwindi, St George and Roma districts.

RAC Functions

Each RAC will provide a forum:

  • to identify and document on an ongoing basis, all RD&E priority issues for their region. (There is a need to recognise the wider implications of these issues, to document their strategic requirements and to identify issues not recently or currently being addressed in the region
  • to rank, as top, high or priority, those RD&E issues for their region not being adequately addressed. (There is an opportunity to suggest possible strategies for addressing priority RD&E issues and to assist other groups with advice on regional RD&E issues)
  • to communicate top, high and priority issues and possible strategies for addressing these issues to the GRFL and to research providers and funders
  • to prepare an operational plan (Priority Issues Paper) by May each year for distribution to GRFL and research providers and funders.
  • to report quarterly to the GRF on the operations and effectiveness of the RAC. (Effectiveness will be determined in terms of the identification of issues, the communication of regional issues to the relevant bodies, and the influence these actions have had on grains RD&E for their region)
  • to raise the profile of the RAC to enhance its recognition by regional industry bodies
  • to facilitate and encourage links among all stakeholders in the grain industry stakeholders will include primary producers, research and extension officers, RD&E (Funding bodies,marketing bodies, agribusiness organizations and so on).