Australia’s largest farming organisation, NSW Farmers has provided services to and advocated on behalf of farmers and rural communities across New South Wales since 1890. NSW Farmers members grow food and fibre across all sectors of agriculture including beef, sheep, goat meat, wool, grains, cotton, horticulture, poultry, dairy, oysters, eggs and pork. A central role of NSW Farmers is driving innnovation across the industry and helping to ensure that farmers have access to world leading technology. NSW Farmers works with Australia's leading innovation providers across science, digital technology, advanced marketing and sustainable production to help producers achieve world's best standards in domestic and export markets. For more information see: http://www.nswfarmers.org.au/
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies on Earth. The organisation works with leading scientific organisations worldwide, and is recognised internationally for the quality of its research. It has established 10 National Research Flagships, and has 13 research divisions.
CSIRO’s Animal, Food and Health Sciences division applies the latest in animal, life and food sciences to support a sustainable, healthy future for industries and communities. Its Ecosystem Sciences division applies multidisciplinary science to the sustainability of Australia's agriculture and forestry, built environments, biodiversity, communities and industries. CSIRO Energy Technology plays a key role in researching and developing technologies to meet the objective of near-zero emissions from energy use worldwide.
CSIRO Land and Water conducts research that furthers understanding of natural and engineered land and water systems, and better predicts how these respond to change. Its Plant Industry division promotes profitable, sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, developing new plant products and improving how plants use natural resources through world-leading research.
The Process Science and Engineering division helps advance Australia’s resource, energy and manufacturing sectors through innovative processing solutions. The Astronomy and Space Science division is CSIRO’s provider of technology and services for radio astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space sciences; its Earth Science and Resource Engineering division provides science and engineering solutions for the continuing growth of Australia's resources industry.
Other divisions handle Computational Informatics, Marine and Atmospheric Research; and Materials Science & Engineering – innovation in new materials at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and physics.
For more information, visit www.csiro.au
The Australian Government Department of Industry
The Department of Industry Portfolio was established on 18 September 2013. The department consolidates the Australian Government’s efforts to drive economic growth, productivity and competitiveness by bringing together industry, energy, resources, science and skills.
For more information, visit www.industry.gov.au
National ICT Australia
National ICT Australia (NICTA) is Australia’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence and the nation’s largest dedicated ICT research organisation. Its primary goal is to pursue high-impact research excellence and, through applying this research, create benefit and wealth for Australia and become a leading global centre of ICT R&D.
NICTA’s research addresses the technology challenges facing industry, the community and the nation. It seeks to improve the international competitiveness of academic ICT research and industry innovation by linking the two, enabling greater economic and social impact.
Research undertaken at NICTA occurs within five large-scale groups, focusing on computer vision, machine learning, networks, optimisation and software systems respectively. NICTA also seeks opportunities for wealth creation that draw on and exploit its areas of research excellence, in the form of funded industry partnerships, start-ups and research outcomes with major social impact. A trio of business teams (each comprising researchers, an engineering, technology and development team, and IP, legal and other professional support staff) drive commercial outcomes with major national benefit across three domains: broadband and the digital economy; infrastructure, transport and logistics; and security and environment.
NICTA has created 11 new companies, collaborated on projects with various ICT industries, and developed a substantial portfolio of technology and intellectual property. It continues to supply new talent to the ICT industry through a NICTA-supported PhD program. NICTA has 700-plus people across five laboratories nationwide.
Funded principally by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre of Excellence Program, NICTA also receives funding and support from several state and territory governments and university partners.
For more information, visit www.nicta.com.au
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Working with the community, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) cares for and protects New South Wales’ environment and heritage, which includes the natural environment; Aboriginal country, culture and heritage; and built heritage.
OEH, an agency within the NSW Government’s planning and environment cluster, comprises eight functional areas: the provision of policy advice and strategy to the state Minister for Environment and OEH Executive; conservation and management of the state’s national park and reserve land via the National Parks and Wildlife Service; regional operations; Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage; science; strategy, performance and services; customer experience; and legal matters.
OEH’s regional operations division delivers integrated, customer-focused services at regional and local levels to strengthen communities and partnerships across NSW. This includes administering services, programs and grants to support land-use planning; management of threatened species and native vegetation, energy-efficiency, environmental water management and adapting to a changing climate; private land conservation; coast and flood protection, compliance and enforcement; education; community engagement and volunteering.
OEH’s science division provides scientific evidence and knowledge to underpin environmental decision-making, regulation and service delivery.
Its legal arm provides advice on legislation administered by OEH and the EPA relating to environment conservation and protection and related matters, and conducts litigation on behalf of OEH and the EPA.
For more information, visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au
Rabobank is the largest green energy financier in the Netherlands and accounts for 43 percent of the total amount of all Dutch banks.
This is revealed in a May 2012 report presented by the Eerlijke Bankwijzer (Honest Bank Guide), which is an initiative of Oxfam Novib, Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth Netherlands, IKV Pax Christi and the Animal Protection Society. The eleven banks included in the study invested a combined total of more than 3.1 billion euros in sustainable electricity in 2010 and 2011. Of this amount, 1.2 billion euros was financed by Rabobank.
All Rabobank green energy investments – loans, project financing and private equity – are 100 percent investments in sustainably generated energy. The following forms of energy are defined as sustainably generated: energy from sun, wind and biomass from organic waste, geothermal energy and small-scale hydro energy. Rabobank also posted the sharpest rise in investments in sustainable energy generation of all the banks studied, with an increase of approximately 200 million euros compared to 2009.
For more information, go to www.rabobank.com.au
The University of New England
The University of New England (UNE) in northern New South Wales was formed in 1938 as a College of the University of Sydney and became fully independent in 1954. UNE pioneered teaching to external students by correspondence, making it Australia's most experienced provider of distance and now online education.
Australia's oldest regional university, UNE offers more than 200 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher-degree research levels. In 2012 UNE had more than 20,000 current students and 1,200 staff.
Research priorities at UNE include food and water security, climate change, health and wellbeing, regional and rural development, including Australia's regional identity.
Research Centres and Institutes at the university include the AgLaw Centre, the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, the Centre for Applied Research in Social Science, the Centre for Local Government, the CRN - Mental Health, Cooperative Research Centres, the Heritage Futures Research Centre, the Institute for Rural Futures, SiMERR, and various multi-discipline research projects.
The Precision Agriculture Research Group (PARG) at UNE is a multidisciplinary team engaged in the development and application of sensors and practices in precision agriculture. Formed in 2002, the group runs various externally-funded research projects that involve organisations such as the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), Grape & Wine Research & Development Corporation (GWRDC), Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
To conduct its fieldwork, PARG is equipped with some of the latest sensors and positioning technology available, including newly developed tools. The team is committed to industry-led research, striving to maintain a line of sight to fit-for-purpose solutions for its broad network of end-user collaborators. Along with the tried and true, PARG researchers employ the latest methodologies and technologies available for crop, pasture and, more recently, livestock management. UNE PARG also runs the University's high-tech SMART Farm.
For more information, go to www.une.edu.au
Food Innovation Australia Ltd
Food Innovation Australia Ltd (Fial) was established to accelerate commercially-driven collaboration and innovation in the Australian food and beverage industry. Launched as part of the federal government’s Industry and Innovation Statement: A Plan for Australian Jobs, the industry-led network takes a collective approach to improving productivity, profitability and resilience across the food and beverage sector nationwide. Fial works to coordinate existing services and leverage Australian research capacity, providing new tools and services to help organisations invest, innovate and grow.
A government-funded initiative, Fial focuses on emerging opportunities and on boosting Australia’s competitive advantage in global matters such as growing Asian markets, economic variability and climate change. It works collectively and strategically to develop a sustainable Australian food industry – creating an environment conducive to providing local jobs, designing new products and services, and supporting food and beverage industry supply chains in becoming more effective and efficient.
Fial’s mission is to work with multiple stakeholders across the supply chain to create positive, transformational change in the Australian food and beverage industry, addressing challenges while creating new and profitable opportunities.
Key issues include keeping Australia competitive in the global trade market; addressing the national reduction in exports, rising input costs and barriers to export trade; increasing collaboration, productivity and efficiency in a highly concentrated retail market; promoting greater alignment between the needs of industry and government investment in research; helping translate research investments into positive economic, social and environmental outcomes; and encouraging business support and innovation.
Fial also provides support in the light of tighter food safety standards and supply chain regulations, helps organisations adapt to climate change risk, addresses market saturation of cheap imports and the increasing trade deficit, assists industry in capitalising on local and Asian demand for premium and sustainably-produced food; ensures essential skills are passed on from the ageing workforce, particularly in rural areas; and works with educational institutions to address an industry skills shortage while ensuring talent is retained.
For more information, visit www.fial.com.au
Sense-T, based at the University of Tasmania, is harnessing the power of big data to help industry, government, communities and individuals become more efficient, competitive and sustainable. To this end, it is creating the world’s first economy-wide sensor network, combining real-time sensor data with historical and spatial data to generate a digital snapshot of the state that allows the analysis of complex interrelationships across the economy.
Starting with food production, Sense-T will develop an extensive database that includes other industries and paints a broad economic picture. The knowledge and technology generated in the process will facilitate resource management and the development of more sustainable approaches, trialling and scaling with the aid of Sense-T tools.
Sense-T is a partnership program between University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government, CSIRO and IBM, with additional funding from the Australian Government. Sense-T data and services are shared resources available to government, researchers, communities and businesses. The organisation is committed to respecting privacy and is transparent about data use.
For more information, visit www.sense-t.org.au
National Irrigators Council
NIC is the national peak body for irrigators in Australia, representing member organisations across irrigation regions, States and major agricultural commodity groups. Its aim is to ensure the efficiency, viability and sustainability of Australian irrigated agriculture and the security and reliability of water entitlements.
For more information, visit http://www.irrigators.org.au/
The National Farmers' Federation
The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia's foremost and respected advocacy organisations.
Since its inception in 1979, the NFF has earned a reputation as a leader in the identification, development and achievement of policy outcomes - championing issues affecting farmers and dedicated to the advancement of agriculture.
The NFF is dedicated to proactively generating greater understanding and better-informed awareness of farming's modern role, contribution and value to the entire community.
One of the keys to the NFF's success has been its commitment to presenting innovative and forward-looking solutions to the issues affecting agriculture, striving to meet current and emerging challenges, and advancing Australia's vital agricultural production base.
For more information, visit http://www.nff.org.au/