Request for Quotation – AgriFutures Australia economic impact assessments (kangaroo, export fodder and rice industries).

Request for Quotation – AgriFutures Australia economic impact assessments (kangaroo, export fodder and rice industries)

AgriFutures Australia develops research development and extension (RD&E) strategic plans for each levied industry to guide its RD&E investment decisions. As part of its planning and review process, AgriFutures Australia requires an impact assessment of past investment in the kangaroo, export fodder and rice industries.

This Request for Quotation (RFQ) is seeking services to review and assess the economic impact of AgriFutures Kangaroo, Rice and Export Fodder Programs. One provider is to complete the economic impact assessments for the three industries and present them as three stand-alone reports for publication.

The aim of this project is to provide AgriFutures Australia with a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that will:

  • Inform industry, the community and Government about the net benefits derived from investment in AgriFutures Kangaroo, Export Fodder and Rice Programs.
  • Support RD&E planning and decision-making, through detailing returns on investment from past RD&E.
  • Signal to researchers and collaborators how research projects and research performance are evaluated by AgriFutures Australia.
  • Ensure good governance and transparency in the administration and management of these AgriFutures managed programs.

Individuals or organisations making a submission are required to have a general understanding of the three Australian industries and the AgriFutures programs, and to be able to complete this work within the timeframe listed below. At least one economic impact assessment must be completed prior to 31 July 2020.

The Economic Impact Assessments: Kangaroo, Export Fodder and Rice Industries RFQ closes 12 noon (AEDT) Thursday 11 June 2020.  

Background

Kangaroo 

The AgriFutures Kangaroo Program is guided by the objectives outlined in the Animal Industries Five Year RD&E Plan 2013-2018.
The industry RD&E plan focuses on five strategic areas:

  • Animal welfare – gathering scientific evidence to a standard sufficient to gain third-party endorsement for the industry’s animal welfare practices.
  • Sustainability – compiling and sharing scientific evidence.
  • Nutritional value – identifying benefits of kangaroo meat.
  • Trade barriers and food safety – generating scientific data to satisfy regulators that gamma irradiation is a safe treatment for kangaroo meat, and demonstrate whole-of-chain safety of kangaroo meat.
  • Product value – ensuring standards/specifications are made available to support eating quality assurance claims to consumers.

Export Fodder

The Export Fodder program is managed according to the objectives detailed in the Export Fodder 5 Year RD&E plan 2016-2021.

The RD&E objectives were developed by the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) in consultation with fodder exporters. As the entire fodder industry derives a benefit from industry research and development, the domestic industry is a valuable end-user of the program.The consultation process to establish the Export Fodder R&D Levy took place during 2014 and 2015 and included industry meetings and workshops, a communications and awareness campaign, online information and the dissemination of discussion papers outlining the levy process.

The Export Fodder RD&E objectives for 2016-2021 include:

  • Oaten Hay Breeding program
  • Hay agronomy
  • Chemical usage integrity
  • Fodder analysis
  • Animal nutrition research
  • Biosecurity research
  • Work health and safety.

Rice

The Rice Industry R&D Plan 2016/17-2021/22 builds on previous five-year investment programs. A significant share of the RD&E that underpins the rice industry success has been managed by AgriFutures Australia since 1991. The Australian rice industry is strongly supportive of the RD&E program and its management by AgriFutures Australia.

The plan identifies four key objectives for RD&E:

  • Cross-sectorial research required to achieve the Dry Rice 1.5 t/ML water use efficiency target by 2030
  • Rice breeding – varieties and quality improvement
  • Farm productivity – crop inputs, crop protection and the farming system
  • Extension, sustainability and human capital.

Impact assessment methodologies should be sourced from the Cross-RDC Impact Assessment Program: Guidelines.

Project requirements 

The following tasks are to be completed:

  • Undertake an impact assessment of investment in the AgriFutures Kangaroo, Export Fodder and Rice Programs. The assessment will cover all projects funded by AgriFutures Australia during a period specified to be determined in the project inception meeting, and guided by with previous RD&E plans for each industry.
  • Provide a report to AgriFutures Australia outlining the impact assessment process and its findings for each of the three industries. The project report must be completed using the AgriFutures Final Report template.

Project deliverables

  • A draft report will be provided to AgriFutures Australia management for review and consultation with AgriFutures Australia advisory panels (where relevant) and industry representatives.
  • The provider will host a meeting to review the findings of the report with AgriFutures Australia, the industry advisory panel and/or relevant industry representatives.
  • All feedback from the draft report is to be incorporated into a final report that will be submitted to AgriFutures Australia for each of the three levied industries.

Timeline

Date Activity
15 May 2020 RFQ applications open
11 June 2020 RFQ applications close
17 June 2020 Expected execution of contract/issue of Provider Agreement
17 July 2020 Expected submission of Draft Report for the first levied industry
31 July 2020 Expected submission of Final Report for the first levied industry
15 October 2020 Expected completion of all Final Reports for 3 levied industries

AgriFutures Australia believes that the entire project should be completed within four months. If a longer timeframe is required, the Tenderer should explain why that is the case.

Terms of reference  

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement.

The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia may accept or decline to accept the Respondent’s Quotation in its discretion. No commitments or contract exists until a contract in the form of the Provider Agreement is executed by both parties. The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia is not required to enter into any contract in connection with the RFQ.

The Respondent agrees that participation in any stage of the RFQ process is at the Respondent’s sole risk and cost.

Acceptance of a Quotation will occur only when an Agreement is issued or a contract is executed.

AgriFutures Australia, at its discretion, may discontinue this RFQ, decline to accept any Quotation, decline to issue any contract or satisfy it requirement separately from this RFQ process.

How to make a submission

AgriFutures Australia business with the applicant is facilitated by the online project management system Clarity. This system manages all stages of project administration.

Quotation’s must be submitted online using Clarity and users must have (or create) a Clarity account before submitting a proposal.

If you have previously submitted an application via Clarity please use your existing name and password alternatively if your organisation already exists in Clarity, please use the New User Request online form and we will assign your profile to that organisation.

New User Request

If your Research Organisation does not already exist in Clarity, or you are unsure, please use the New User and Company Creation Request to create a New Research Organisation and User account simultaneously.

New User and Company Creation Request

For further assistance with navigating Clarity during your project, refer to the Clarity resources and templates in the first instance.

Clarity user guide – submitting a RFQ

Contact

If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements in the management services, please contact:

Mila Bristow
Senior Manager, Research
0417425351
mila.bristow@agrifutures.com.au