Leading CRCNA’s De-risking and supply chain investment and impact

Strategic policy development
Supply chain development
Reference number
CRCNA funding
Total project value
Project length
3.5 years
Finish date
Project Status
Project Manager
Carla Keith


  • James Cook University


Drawing on the foundational research delivered as part of the CRCNA's first phase of de-risking work across Queensland, the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia, this project provides the leadership, coordination, research synthesis and policy impact behind the CRCNA’s Phase 2 de-risking and supply chain development program investments.

The key research activities to be undertaken in this project include:

  1. synthesising and promoting key policy and investment impact implications from the Phase 1 de-risking and supply chain development R&D investment
  2. supporting the development of, and guiding the successful completion of, targeted research investments in all three jurisdictions under the de-risking and supply chain development program
  3. synthesising and exploring further policy and investment options emerging from common research findings from overall investments across the Program.

The key research methods applied within the project include:

  1. literature-based synthesis of existing and new R&D findings and from the relevant international literature
  2. the participative and deliberative co-design of the program and its constituent sub-projects
  3.  the establishment of a strong program and sub-project governance arrangements to maximise research impact.

Expected outcomes

This project seeks to support and inform the policy and operational decision-making environment needed to significantly lift investment in agricultural development in Northern Australia. In doing so, it's expected it will support an increased gross value of agricultural effort across the north.

Several sub-projects with various industry and jurisdictional partners will be developed as part of this project.

Some of the expected research outputs from this work will include:

  • a clear de-risking and supply chain research and policy options framework
  • several sub-projects across three jurisdictions, including supply chain modelling projects in each jurisdiction
  • a final synthesis report for de-risking and supply chain research and policy options framework