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Appendix D: government priorities

The FRDC works closely with the Minister for Agriculture and, Assistant Minister and DAWE to ensure it delivers results that in line with the Australian Government’s Science and Rural RD&E priorities — see Australian Government Science and Research Priorities section at Attachment 1. The FRDC invests in targeted projects that will assist in the delivery of Australian Government priorities. Government priorities are consistent with the FRDC’s four legislated objects (section 3 of the PIRD Act) as shown in Figure 2: FRDC’s framework for integrating legislative, government and industry priorities (pages 24–25).

The following tables summarise the total expenditure allocated against each set of priorities within the 2019–20 financial year. The allocation of funds is shown in both dollar and percentage terms for each investment theme — noting that totals may not equal 100 per cent as not all projects fit the Government priorities.

Government research priorities attributed to each RD&E program ($ and %)

RURAL RESEARCH PRIORITIES

$

%

Adoption of R&D

6,988,383

26.0

Advanced technology

5,053,558

18.8

biosecurity

3,171,335

11.8

Soil, water and managing natural resources

11,648,288

43.4

Total

26,861,564

100.0

STRATEGIC RESEARCH PRIORITIES

$

%

Advanced manufacturing

799,386

2.9

Cybersecurity

144,538

0.5

Energy

40,207

0.1

Environmental change

4,584,230

16.9

Food

12,651,810

46.6

Health

901,395

3.3

Resources

3,421,737

12.6

Soil and water

4,588,909

16.9

Transport

42,671

0.2

Total

27,174,884

100.0

Not all projects align to the priorities. Figures in these tables have been rounded, hence totals may not agree with component total RD&E financial figures.