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Tuesday, 15 October 2002
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Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on July 11 2002:

(1) The level of funding provided by the Commonwealth for each of the past 10 financial years for research and development specifically aimed at increasing efficiency or profitability in Australian agricultural sectors.

(2) The level of funding provided by the Commonwealth to each state and territory government for each of the past 10 financial years for research and development specifically aimed at increasing efficiency or profitability in Australian agricultural sectors.

(3) The level of funding provided by the Commonwealth to private or listed companies for each of the past 10 financial years for research and development specifically aimed at increasing efficiency or profitability in Australian agricultural sectors.

(4) The names of the companies that have received the most Commonwealth funding over past 10 financial years, and the quantum of funding each received for each of the past 10 financial years, for research and development specifically aimed at increasing efficiency or profitability in Australian agricultural sectors.

(5) The five specific agricultural industries that have received the most Commonwealth funding over the past 10 financial years, and the quantum of funding directed at each specific agricultural industry for each of the past 10 financial years, for research and development specifically aimed at increasing efficiency or profitability in Australian agricultural sectors.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Within my portfolio funding of research and development aimed at increasing the efficiency or profitability in Australia's agricultural sectors is achieved through the rural research and development corporations and companies. Commonwealth funding for each of the past 10 financial years is as follows:

1992-93

$105.77m

1993-94

$117.95m

1994-95

$126.19m

1995-96

$124.72m

1996-97

$132.13m

1997-98

$150.13m

1998-99

$160.22m

1999-2000

$163.53m

2000-01

$173.14m

2001-02

$198.14m

The above figures include the industry-owned companies, which are providing research and development services to their industry, but does not include the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics or the Bureau of Rural Sciences.

The rural research and development corporations and companies are funded from industry levies, which are matched by the Commonwealth on a dollar for dollar basis up to 0.5% of GVP.

There are a large number of other Commonwealth R&D funding initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency or profitability of the Australian agricultural sector including funding of the CSIRO, the Cooperative Research Centres Programme within the portfolio responsibility of the Minister for Education, Science and Training.

(2) Funding for research and development is paid directly to the rural research and development corporations and companies who work with the State and Territories, CSIRO, universities and other research and development providers to improve the efficiency and profitability of Australia's agricultural sectors.

(3) Four industry-owned companies have been formed to undertake research and development for their respective industries. The companies and their quantum of funding are:

Meat and Livestock Australia (est. 1 July 1998)

1998-99 $18.41m

1999-2000 $20.36m

2000-01 $20.77m

2001-02 $23.5m

Horticulture Australia Limited (est. 1 February 2001)

2000-01 $12.3m (5mths)

2001-02 $29.3m

Australian Wool Innovation Company (est. 1 January 2001)

2000-01 $5.8m (6mths)

2001-02 $12m

Australian Pork Limited (est. 1 July 2001)

$3.51m.

(4) See the answer to (3) above.

(5) The five specific agricultural industries that have received the most Commonwealth funding over the past 10 financial years, and the quantum of funding directed are:

Grains:

1992-93

$15.96m

1993-94

$21.19m

1994-95

$23.27m

1995-96

$21.29m

1996-97

$29.14m

1997-98

$33.76m

1998-99

$34.40m

1999-2000

$31.87m

2000-01

$34.47m

2001-02

$40.77m

Meat:

1992-93

$23.75m

1993-94

$24.55m

1994-95

$23.41m

1995-96

$22.30m

1996-97

$23.05m

1997-98

$24.54m

1998-99

$18.41m

1999-2000

$20.36m

2000-01

$20.77m

2001-02

$23.50m

Horticulture:

1992-93

$5.94m

1993-94

$7.91m

1994-95

$9.34m

1995-96

$10.29m

1996-97

$11.87m

1997-98

$13.90m

1998-99

$15.26m

1999-2000

$13.72m

2000-01

$20.33m

2001-02

$29.3m

Wool:

1992-93

$12.29m

1993-94

$12.59m

1994-95

$14.03m

1995-96

$10.92m

1996-97

$11.19m

1997-98

$13.09m

1998-99

$9.64m

1999-2000

$11.30m

2000-01

$9.90m

2001-02

$12m

Dairy:

1992-93

$6.16m

1993-94

$6.53m

1994-95

$8.50m

1995-96

$9.57m

1996-97

$9.38m

1997-98

$10.88m

1998-99

$12.87m

1999-2000

$13.38m

2000-01

$12.68m

2001-02

$14.24m.