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GRDC Capacity Building for Growers and Advisers – Study Tours
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The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.
The GRDC is focused on delivering value to Australian grain growers. To achieve this, the GRDC seeks to fund Capacity Building for Growers and Advisers through Study Tours.
Capacity Building in the context of Grower and Adviser development is defined as GRDC branded or supported development activity undertaken by growers or advisers, that has a planned learning outcome, and includes:
1. Domestic Study Tours
2. International Study Tours
Subject areas for proposed tours should include:
1. Grain production: agronomy, farming system, crop protection, soils, nutrition technologies
2. Professional development: communication skills, business management skills / knowledge,
3. Sociological / leadership development: industry knowledge, corporate governance skills.
International study tours (where supported) will support Australian grain growers, or advisers working directly with growers, wishing to undertake an International Study Tour on key issues facing the industry. Applications should outline their proposed topic and hypothesis. Successful groups will provide high quality proposals, focused on increased skills and knowledge, suitable for wide communication through a variety of channels across the industry.
Domestic tours will also have a clear objective, where applicants outline their proposed study topic, investigate GRDC investments at the target study area and arrange quality itineraries. Tour participants are expected to carry out significant communication and extension activities within their regions and communities.
Support will be provided on a competitive basis for arranging visits to GRDC-supported research and development projects, or other relevant research projects, centres of excellence, farming systems groups and similar; or to support the travel of an expert in a specific scientific field to visit a community to share their knowledge and experience.
Up to one International tour will be supported in each region in each round.
Up to six domestic tours will be supported in each region each round.
Tenderers must familiarise themselves with further information found at https://grdc.com.au/Apply/Current-Tenders including terms and conditions of participation, required form of response and draft contract.
The tenderer must a single legal entity or recognised firm of partners.
The tenderer must be financially viable. For the purposes of this condition, “financially viable” means that the Tenderer has not had any of the following events occur in respect of it:
(a) a meeting of creditors being called or held within the past five years;
(b) the appointment of a liquidator, provisional liquidator or administrator within the past five years;
(c) the appointment of a controller (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act (2001), or analogous person appointed, including in respect of any of its property within the past five years;
(d) a failure to comply with a statutory demand in respect of the payment of any debt;
(e) an inability to pay debts as they fall due or otherwise becoming insolvent;
(f) becoming incapable of managing its own affairs for any reason;
(g) taking any step resulting in insolvency under administration (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001);
(h) entering into a compromise or arrangement with, or assignment for the benefit of, any of its creditors, or any analogous event.
The tenderer and any proposed subcontractor must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
The tenderer must include in its application details of any known circumstances that may give rise to an actual or potential Conflict of Interest with GRDC in responding to this procurement. The tenderer’s response will be taken into account in the evaluation.
July 2017 – June 2018
By portal submission only at https://access.grdc.com.au/