Seeking consultant to prepare a National Weed RD&E Investment Plan

Weeds remain a significant threat to the health of Australian landscapes, conservation values and the productivity and profitability of agriculture. In providing its investment of $20 million in the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (the Centre), the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources requested the Centre to develop a 10-year Investment Plan for Weed Research, Development and Extension that aims to improve weed management in Australia.

The Centre requires the assistance of a professional individual or team to work with and advise the Centre and its partners on the preparation of a National Weed Research, Development and Extension Investment Plan. The Plan is intended to guide co-investment by the Centre’s partners (Australian Government, State Government, industry and universities) to maximise the benefits to Australia’s environment, economy and community. The consultant/s will have deep knowledge of Australia’s weed management system from biosecurity policy through to weed R,D&E and regional and local management implementation consistent with the approach and guiding principles.

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The Project will be overseen by a Project Steering Committee comprising the Centre’s Research Management Team supplemented with key external stakeholders still under consideration. The Centre’s Portfolio Director (Research) will chair the Committee.

The consultant is expected to work closely with the Portfolio Director and Projects and Contracts Coordinator throughout the consultancy.

If you are interested in taking on this opportunity to help shape a national weeds RD&E program into the future please feel free to submit an application.

Applications are due for submission by 12:00 noon Friday 2 March 2018.

Applications are to be submitted by email to A/Prof Richard Price, Portfolio Director (Research):

Applications of no more than 8 pages, inclusive of summary CVs, should address the following:

  1. The proposed approach and workplan
  2. An itemised budget, including a breakdown of overall days allocated to key tasks
  3. A summary of the experience of the consultant/s with an emphasis on experience in strategic planning and direction of weed R,D&E

Enquiries by telephone are welcome, please call Richard Price on 0409 624297


Featured image taken by Mandy Craig, NSW