Policy Partners is assisting the Australian Organic Industry Working Group in considering options and processes for establishing a harmonised voice for Australia's organic industries.
The project team consists of Tony Webster (Managing Director and team leader) and Jason Alexandra (Principal Associate).
Consultations revealed a desire for a new peak body that can effectively represent the interests of the broader industry and overcome the leadership divisions and absence of vision which has characterised the industry.
The work of one of our partners has been recognised by the OECD as an outstanding example of public sector innovation to provide practical advice to countries on how to make innovations work.
Jason Alexandra advised the Tasmanian government on participatory fore-sighting for irrigation R&D planning. The project identified industry and community water needs and developed a strategy that would support the expansion of irrigation while improving economic and social benefits from water resource utilisation and supporting a wider socioeconomic policy agenda.
Fore-sighting can be a useful tool for stakeholder engagement in R&D planning because it allows parties to articulate and make their assumptions about what will help shape preferred futures explicit. This helps to identify priorities and see how different aspects can be linked by the “future stories”.
The Council of Australian Governments has developed a performance dashboard, providing a high-level overview of performance in achieving key COAG commitments in priority areas.
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Source: Reserve Bank
COAG reform performance
Perils of rising protectionism