Over the next five years, AgriFutures Australia will focus on identifying new industries with high potential. Our AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Advisory Panel help us support new and emerging industries.

AgriFutures Australia is a new beginning for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. We are an organisation that proudly focuses on the future of Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and represent the interests and aspirations of farmers and rural communities. Our vision is to grow the long term prosperity of Australian rural industries. This includes research and development to accelerate the establishment and expansion of emerging rural industries such as hazelnuts, seaweed, truffles and camel milk.

With global environmental and market trends impacting food consumption, Australian rural industries have an opportunity to identify new food types and connect with and drive new and expanding markets. As such, AgriFutures Australia is dedicated to identifying and supporting the development of new rural industries that can meet changing demand and make an economic contribution to Australia.

Over the next five years AgriFutures Australia will focus on identifying new industries with high potential. We will help build the skills and confidence of entrepreneurs to enable investment in developing these high potential industries. We will also make targeted investments in research, development and extension to accelerate the emergence of these industries.

Our AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Advisory Panel help us support new and emerging industries.

Our Advisory Panel is a creative, open minded team with people from:

  • Entrepreneurial, venture-capitalist, or investment banking backgrounds
  • Government with experience in senior managerial or administration roles
  • Senior scientific R&D management roles
  • Economics
  • Business development or business analysis with startup experience
  • Food processing, food marketing and/or the export sector
  • Agricultural policy development.

Advisory Panel member roles and responsibilities

The key functions of AgriFutures Australia Industry Advisory Panels are to:

  • Advise AgriFutures Australia on the current state of emerging rural industries through appreciation of:
    – business opportunity, and business planning
    – industry impact of R&D, the business case for R&D and R&D constraints
    – markets, market access, supply and value chains
    – the challenges of start-up
    – industry building
  • Provide recommendations on short-listed research applications consistent with the research priorities identified in AgriFutures Australia planning
  • Advise on and assist with the dissemination, adoption and commercialisation of R&D
  • Encourage partnerships, industry contributions and co-investment by other stakeholders to support RD&E to establish commercially viable and sustainable rural industries.

Advisory Panel members are entitled to sitting fees and travel expenses for meetings.  Please note that Advisory Panel members do not hold financial delegations. The Advisory Panel meet, on average, three times per year, either in person or via teleconference.

Current Advisory Panel members

  • Brian Ruddle (Chair)
  • Susan Wilson
  • Ann Ross
  • Angeline Achariya
  • Christopher McLoghlin
  • Ian Smith
  • Dr Mila Bristow
  • John Lever
  • Will Taing