NABRC is a truly participative group aiming to ensure innovation and learning in the northern beef industry is relevant to the end users, and involves all stakeholders in the planning, conduct and delivery of research or learning activities and projects.
NABRC provides leadership and advice to organisations who either invest in, or undertake beef cattle RD&E in Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.
NABRC is an independent organisation made up of producer representatives, research organisations, education providers, and State farming organisations.
NABRC does not fund RD&E, nor employ RD&E personnel: its role is to influence the RD&E agenda.NABRC helps ensure that innovation and learning in the northern beef industry addresses the priority issues of industry.
NABRC meets at least twice a year at locations across northern Australia to identify and discuss strategic industry issues. Where possible local producers and local providers of RD&E attend the meetings.
The NABRC Charter of Operations presents a structure and functions to provide the necessary ingredients to develop relevant strategic plans for research for the north Australia beef industry at the regional and north Australian scales. In addition it incorporates the needs recognised at the ‘grass roots’ level in the major beef producing regions of north Australia, prioritising these needs in a rational, explainable and acceptable framework.
Who makes up NABRC?
- Producer Chairmen from eleven Regional Beef Research Committees
- Six in Queensland
- Three in the Northern Territory
- Two in Western Australia
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)/University of Queensland
- Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF)
- Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)
- Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR)
- Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
- University of Queensland (UQ)
- James Cook University (JCU)
- CQUniversity (CQU)
- University of Western Australia (UWA)
- Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- NT Cattleman’s Association (NTCA)
- Kimberley Pilbara Catlemen’s Association (KPCA)
National RD&E Strategy for Northern Australia
NABRC was approached by the Red Meat Co-investment Committee (RMCIC) in October 2010 to develop the RD&E strategy for Queensland, the Northern Territory and the northern pastoral zone of West Australia, as part of the National Beef Production Research, Development and Extension Strategy (2010) commissioned by the Primary Industries Ministerial Council.
The national strategy aims to promote continuous improvement in the investment of RD&E resources nationally by helping to ensure that they are applied efficiently, effectively and collaboratively, and to address capability gaps, fragmentation and unnecessary duplication in the national system for primary industries RD&E.
NABRC is the key industry-agency forum with the responsibility for determining and advising on strategic requirements for RD&E activities (including education and training) in the northern Australian beef industry.
NABRC is an independent organisation that acts as the central consultative council comprising all major northern RD&E agencies and educational institutions (departments of primary industries, CSIRO, CRCs and universities) and producer representatives from states and territories.
NABRC has identified six steps to address the challenge reduced funding poses to the northern Australian beef industry, and the key RD&E priorities for northern Australia.
NABRC summarises the results of its consultation processes and key findings in the RD&E Priorities Prospectus for northern Australia (March 2012):