National Primary Industries RD& E Framework

The National Primary Industries RD&E Framework was developed with the direct purpose to ‘facilitate greater coordination among the different Commonwealth, State governments, CSIRO, RDCs, industry and university sectors to better harmonise their roles in RD&E related to primary industries and assure that they work together effectively to maximise net benefits to Australia.’

The National Primary Industries RD&E subcommittee is responsible for developing RD&E strategies relating to all areas of primary industry, including;

  • Animal Welfare
  • Biosecurity
  • Wool RD&E
  • Sheep Meat RD&E

Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy

In 2017, a review of the Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy was undertaken and a revised edition of the strategy released in August 2017. This Strategy was prepared by the Steering Committee of the National Primary Industries Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy, chaired by Alan Tilbrook and comprising the major investors and providers of animal welfare RD&E.

The broad aims of the Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy are to provide:

  1. Leadership for animal welfare R&D issues in the livestock industries;
  2. Collaborative co-investment platform for investment in cross sectoral animal welfare R,D&E for agriculture;
  3. Maintain a register of animal welfare R&D activities and outcomes by the various sectoral interests
  4. National arrangements to deliver strong collaboration amongst existing RD&E provider groups, and effective partnership between investors and providers.

The Strategy is broken into six themes:

  1. Animal Welfare Assessment
  2. Pain Assessment & Management
  3. Management, Housing & Husbandry
  4. Transport, Euthanasia & Slaughter Impacts
  5. Attitudinal Effects on the Welfare of Livestock throughout the Value Chain
  6. Education, Training & Extension

‘Animal welfare R, D&E is a high priority for all livestock industry RDCs and all are planning to either increase or maintain their current levels of investment in this area. The Strategy provides a key opportunity for the RDCs to efficiently invest in high priority, cross-sectoral, collaborative projects’

To view the 2017 revised copy: Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy

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