Framework Principles

  1. The Parties will cooperate to encourage the establishment of a more efficient and effective RD&E system nationally.
  2. Recognising that the Parties will be subject to budget fluctuations, the Parties will endeavour to maintain RD&E funding levels for primary industries; and investments, including from savings, should be re-directed to improve the capability of the national system in priority areas.
  3. The Parties will share information, plans and priorities for investment in RD&E to facilitate development and implementation of the Framework and underpinning sector and cross sector strategies.
  4. The Parties will facilitate access to national research capability (people, infrastructure and information) by industry and R&D partners across Australia.
  5. The Parties will support processes to refresh the rural R&D priorities and to encourage more consistent and rigorous monitoring of performance of R&D targeting and delivery.
  6. The Parties recognise the importance of investing in extension of R&D to facilitate rapid uptake of research and innovation.
  7. The Parties agree to work cooperatively to improve the administrative processes and effectiveness of information sharing and management.
  8. The Parties agree to freely share the knowledge generated through the primary industries National RD&E Framework, including minimising barriers to RD&E created by intellectual property protection.
  9. The Parties will monitor, evaluate and report on the performance of the National RD&E Framework and the sector and cross-sector strategies developed and implemented under the Framework.