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GRDC Grower Network - QLD Coastal and Hinterland
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This investment is seeking applications from service providers interested in providing coordination and facilitation services for the GRDC Grower Network in Queensland Coastal and Hinterland.
The GRDC Grower Network is one of several mechanisms the GRDC uses to capture constraints or opportunities to grain grower profitability and identify desired outcomes to help shape and inform GRDC RD&E investments.
This GRDC Grower Network investment includes the planning, promotion, delivery and reporting of both Grower Network Meetings and subregional Grower Forums.
The Grower Forums are held across each subregion where GRDC staff, researchers and industry experts are invited to present and discuss regionally relevant topics with participants (growers and advisors), providing a valuable two-way flow of information between the presenters and forum participants as described in Output 1.
These presentations will then be followed by a facilitated discussion where participants are asked to identify locally important opportunities and constraints which are impacting on their farm profitability. The issues that are captured during the Grower Forums will provide a foundation for discussion and analysis during the Grower Network meetings.
The Grower Network meeting consists of pre-engaged representatives from across QLD Coastal and Hinterland (refer to Map 1) comprising of growers, advisers, industry experts and researchers. The Grower Network members will identify, discuss and describe local issues and undertake further detailed analysis of specific issues to assist the GRDC’s investment management process, including those raised during the Grower Forums.
In depth analysis and discussion at Grower Network meeting provides important information for the GRDC on the impact on profitability, frequency of occurrence and area affected of the issues discussed using the processes described in Output 2.
Grower Network representatives provide a broader cross regional understanding and context of the opportunities and constraints impacting farm profitability.
All information collected from the Grower Forums and Grower Network Meetings are collated to develop an analysis (brief) of each key opportunity or constraint identified as described in Output 3, providing valuable grower input and feedback which assists with the GRDC’s R,D& E priorities and investments.
The Network’s process supports growers by providing them with a direct link to GRDC’s RD&E investments activities through:
1. Capture – collecting local issues in the form of opportunities and constraints which directly impact grower profitability.
2. Inform – provides locally relevant information on identified opportunities and constraints including but not limited to farming system implications, area affected, frequency, and impact on profitability, which informs GRDC priorities, more detailed analysis and need or type of response ensuring investments address identified regional needs.
3. Extend – provides an opportunity to extend key information and research findings directly to growers. Allowing them to engage directly with researchers and industry experts on issues impacting farm profitability to drive awareness, facilitate practice change and provide two-way communication between researchers and growers.
4. Evaluate – these forums and meetings provide researchers, industry experts and GRDC personnel with valuable feedback to ensure new and existing research is addressing growers needs.
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Once you have located this investment, you can commence the application process by completing the details for each field available, until you reach “Submit Application” on the last page.
1. The Applicant must be a single legal entity or recognised firm of partners.
2. The Applicant and any proposed subcontractor must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
Black Economy Procurement Connected Policy for procurements above $4 million.
In accordance with the Black Economy Procurement Connected Policy, businesses seeking to tender for Australian Government procurement contracts over $4 million (including GST) are required to provide a statement from the Australian Taxation Office showing they have a satisfactory tax record (STR).
Tenderers and suppliers are therefore required to provide a satisfactory and valid STR to GRDC when submitting tender documents or providing a STR receipt if a STR has been requested but not issued in time to meet the tender deadline or on request from GRDC.
GRDC must only accept tenders that are accompanied by a valid and satisfactory STR or a STR receipt, or on request from GRDC, which may be after the tender has closed.
Tenderers and suppliers are also required to maintain a satisfactory STR during the life of the contract, as well as collecting and maintaining satisfactory STRs of relevant subcontractors engaged during and according to the contract terms
This is a 5-year investment with a review at the conclusion of year 3. This investment is intended to commence in July 2020.
All applications must be submitted via the GRDC Grains Investment Portal https://access.grdc.com.au/ by 4pm ACT local time, Thursday 12 March 2020.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact GRDC Contracts Administrator via email email@example.com or use the online support function available.