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The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) is a statutory authority established in 1990 under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 (PIRD Act). CRDC was established by the Australian Government to work with industry to invest in research, development and extension (RD&E) for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic cotton industry.

CRDC is based in Narrabri, the centre of one of Australia’s major cotton growing regions and the location of the major cotton research facility, the Australian Cotton Research Institute.

Our purpose is to support the performance of the cotton industry: helping to increase both productivity and profitability of our growers. In 2017-18, Australia’s 1,250 cotton growers and the Australian Government will co-invest $22.4 million through CRDC into RD&E.

Importantly, the Australian cotton industry has always placed great emphasis on the value of its RD&E, and the results speak for themselves. Over the past 10 years alone, RD&E has helped cotton growers reduce their insecticide use by 87 percent, and increase their water use efficiency by 40 percent.

Thanks to cotton RD&E, led by CRDC, Australian cotton growers are now growing more cotton on less land and with less impact on the environment than ever before. (Read more about CRDC’s priorities and investments, and cotton RD&E’s importance, on the Research and Development pages).

CRDC is one of fifteen Rural Research and Development Corporations (rural RDCs) taking a leading national role in planning, investing in and managing research and development for their respective industries. The rural RDCs model is a uniquely Australian innovation established and supported by the Australian Government to provide an industry-driven, market-responsive approach to rural innovation. (Read more about our fellow RDCs, and the collabroative work we undertake together, here)

The Australian Government's National Science and Research Priorities and R&D Priorities for Agriculture provide an overarching framework for public investment in cotton research and development. CRDC’s investments are closely aligned with these priorities.

Our Vision

A globally competitive and responsible cotton industry.

Our Purpose

Enhancing the performance of the Australian cotton industry and community through investment in research and development, and its application.

Our Goal

  • For cotton to be profitable and consistently farmers’ crop of choice.

  • For the Australian cotton industry to be the global leader in sustainable agriculture.

  • For the Australian cotton industry to capture the full value of its products.

  • For capable and connected people to be driving the cotton industry.

  • For the measured performance of the cotton industry and its RD&E to drive continuous improvement.

Through successfully implementing our vision, purpose and goals, CRDC will achieve the following outcome:

Adoption of innovation that leads to increased productivity, competitiveness and environmental sustainability through investment and development that benefits the Australian cotton industry and the wider community.

Our Board

CRDC has a seven-member Board, consisting of a Chair (appointed by the Minister for Agriculture), the Executive Director (selected by the Board) and five non-executive Directors nominated by an independent Selection Committee.

Appointment of non-executive Directors is subject to Ministerial approval and directors (other than the Executive Director) are appointed for three-year terms.

Mr Richard Haire - Chair (FAICD, FAIM)

Mr Haire has held many leadership positions within the cotton industry, most recently as Managing Director and regional head of Olam International, a global leader in the supply chain management of agricultural products and food ingredients. He was formerly the Chief Executive of Queensland Cotton Corporation Pty Ltd. Richard is a member of the Rabo Australia Food and Agribusiness Advisory Board, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. Richard formerly served as a Director on the CRDC board from 2011 to 2014. 

Appointed: 29/08/2016 until 29/08/2019

Mr Cleave Rogan - Deputy Chair (MAICD)

Mr Rogan has been farming and marketing cotton and grains for 30 years. He has acted in an advisory role to CRDC, working on research projects related to biosecurity, insects, weeds, diseases, cotton fibre processing and quality enhancement. Mr Rogan was a director of Cotton Australia and has been an industry representative on various other cotton industry associations and research advisory committees.

Appointed: 01/10/2011 until 01/10/2014.
Reappointed: 20/10/2014 until 30/09/2017.
Appointed Deputy Chair: 02/02/2015.

Mr Bruce Finney - Executive Director BSc Ag (MAICD)

Mr Finney has extensive experience in the agricultural sector. Prior to his appointment to CRDC he worked in corporate agriculture in various corporate, management and agronomy roles in Australia and in an advisory role in Argentina. He is a member of the Advisory Board QLD DAFF programme on Agricultural Robotics at QUT. 

Mr Finney is a past chair of the Australian Cotton Growers Research Association and a past director of the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC and the Irrigation Association of Australia. Mr Finney is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and of the Company Directors Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed: 01/08/2004 by virtue of his appointment as Executive Director of CRDC. He attends the Audit, Intellectual Property and Remuneration Committees as an observer.

Dr Michael Robinson BSc (Hons), PhD (FAIMS, GAICD)

Dr Robinson is the CEO of Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Previously he was the CEO of FrOG Tech Pty Ltd, a private research company specialising in geological reconstructions and interpretations across a range of sectors, including oil and groundwater, and CEO of GeoSphere Ltd, a specialist geological consulting firm in New Zealand.

Dr Robinson has extensive experience in primary industries and natural resources research, development and extension. He was the Executive Director of Land & Water Australia, Centre Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (a joint venture between DPI Victoria and University of Melbourne), Chair of the National Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries, CEO of the CRC for Greenhouse Accounting, and a member of the National Primary Industries Standing Committee RD&E Extension Subcommittee.

Appointed 01/10/2011 until 01/10/2014.
Reappointed: 20/10/2014 until 30/09/2017.
Appointed Chair of the Audit Committee.

Ms Kathryn Adams B.Sc.Agr (Hons), LLM, M.Bus, M.Env.Stud, Grad Dip Leg Pract, Prof Cert Arbitration, Practitioners Cert Mediation & Conciliation, FAICD 

Ms Adams is a microbiologist and lawyer and specialises in intellectual property management, commercial/industry application of R&D and corporate governance. She has had extensive experience in R&D investment from the perspective of a researcher, Director of a research institute and an investor.  She has been a practicing lawyer and was also the first Registrar of Plant Breeder's Rights in Australia.  

Ms Adams was on the Board of the Cotton CRC and is currently on the Boards of a number of CRCs as well as Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd, and PBIP Ltd. She is a member of the R&D Tax Incentives Committee of AusIndustry, an adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA, Griffith Law School) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed: 20/10/2014 until 30/09/2017.
Appointed Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee. 

Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Alexander BA, M Rur.Sys.Mgt, GAICD

Mrs Alexander specialises in finding collaborative and innovative solutions for regional challenges. As principal consultant for Blue Dog Agribusiness, she undertakes community-based planning, research, project management, communication and extension services for dryland and irrigated cropping industries, natural resource management groups, local government and the rural training industry. 

Mrs Alexander is currently a director of Plant Health Australia, Chair of the Theodore Irrigation Scheme Local Management Arrangements Interim Board, Chair of Glencore Clermont Open Cut Groundwater and Environmental Reference Group, and was previously a director of Cotton Australia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Rural Systems Management from the University of Queensland, is a member of the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed: 20/10/2014 until 30/09/2017.

Mr Greg Kauter B.Ag.Ec. Grad.Cert Ru.Sc. GAICD

Mr Kauter is an agricultural consultant with more than 30 years of cotton industry experience. He has had extensive experience in cotton research administration and industry stewardship through roles in  crop protection, farming systems, plant variety and biotechnology research programs. He has also planned and developed extension strategies to facilitate the adoption of new technology and knowledge. He has experience with industry representative bodies in developing strategic priorities with cotton growers and industry stakeholders, identify emerging issues and developing evidence based policy responses based on sound research and information.  

Mr Kauter currently consults on cotton farm management and Best Management Practice implementation. He has been the industry representative for biosecurity through Plant Health Australia Ltd and Chair of the cotton Industry Biosecurity Group. He is a former President of the Cotton Consultants Association Inc.  

Appointed: 20/10/2014 until 30/09/2017.

Our Team

CRDC’s small but dedicated team of skilled and experienced staff actively manage R&D investment portfolios to achieve the cotton industry’s strategic goals. Our internal capacity is an important element of the overall effectiveness of R&D investment for the cotton industry.

 Bruce Finney 
 Executive Director



 Ian Taylor
 General Manager R&D Investment


 Warwick Waters
 CottonInfo Program Manager


 Ruth Redfern
 Communications Manager 


 Allan Williams
 R&D Program Manager



 Jane Trindall

 R&D Program Manager


 Susan Maas 
R&D Program Manager 


 Graeme Tolson 
 General Manager Business and Finance

 Dianne Purcell
 Executive Assistant

 Emily Luff 


 Megan Baker
Project Administration Assistant


 Amy Withington 
Project Administration Assistant 



 Peter Harvey

 IT Manager


 Melanie Moloney
Accounts Officer


Our Partners

Collaboration is king in the Australian cotton industry, with many industry bodies, research organisations and individual researchers, consultants, agronomists and growers working together on joint programs and initiatives.


It’s a unique feature, and strength, of the cotton industry. Key partners with CRDC in its research, development and extension projects are: 




Working together to deliver RD&E benefits

Did you know? CRDC is one of 15 rural research and development corporations (RDCs) in Australia.

The RDCs deliver research, development and extension for their specific agricultural industries: cotton, grains, meat, wool, fish, wine, eggs, sugar, pork, horticulture and even crocodiles, to name but a few. You may be familiar with GRDC, MLA and AWI, and less familiar with the Rural Industries RDC, Fisheries RDC and Wine Australia.

Each RDC invests in diverse projects, but together we form a network that enables primary production through effective RD&E, and delivers substantial benefits at the farm gate and across the economy and society.

Last year, we collectively invested around $580 million in RD&E on behalf of our growers and the Government to improve the profitability and sustainability of our rural industries and communities. We’re the largest productivity-driven industry program in Australia.

Together, we deliver six key things to our individual industries, and to agriculture as a whole:

  • Innovation and practice improvement;
  • Market access and international competitiveness;
  • Farm gate returns through smarter farming;
  • Employment through new skills and changed practices;
  • Value for money and efficiency, ensuring a return on your investment; and a
  • Leveraged investment through collaboration and co-investment.

For more on the RDCs and how we’re working together to deliver benefits for you, visit the Council of RDCs website:


CRDC Funding Agreement 2015-19

The partnership between Australian cotton growers and the Australian Government to co-invest in R&D through CRDC is formalised in this Funding Agreement, which covers the 2015-19 period. This Agreement between the Government and CRDC sets out expectations about CRDC's performance, transparency and accountability to levy-payers, the Government and the public. 

Download the CRDC Funding Agreement 2015-19.

CRDC Strategic Plan 2013-18

CRDC’s Strategic Plan 2013-18 is the organisation’s key planning document. It is the compass that sets the direction for the organisation’s operations and investment in cotton research, development and extension over the next five years, enabling the industry to achieve its long term vision and the Government to achieve its strategic R&D priorities. The Plan outlines the strategic outcomes CRDC is striving to achieve in five priority areas: farmers, industry, customers, people and performance.

Download the CRDC Strategic R&D Plan 2013-18.

CRDC Strategic Plan 2018-23

CRDC are now developing the next five-year strategic plan - the CRDC Strategic Plan 2018-23 - in consultation with key stakeholders. CRDC are coordinating a series of consultation and engagement activities throughout 2017 and 2018, to seek stakeholder input and feedback. The information gathered during this process will be used to inform the development of the Plan, including the objectives, target outcomes and measures of success. This process is outlined in detail in the Consultation Plan for the development of the CRDC 2018-23 Strategic Plan.

Download the Consultation Plan. 

CRDC Annual Operational Plan 2017-18

Under the CRDC’s five year Strategic Plan, CRDC has established five Annual Operational Plans – each of which became the primary planning and implementation tool for the strategy for that year. While the Strategic Plan sets the overall vision and direction for the organisation, the Annual Operational Plan outlines how the goals will be achieved. The CRDC Annual Operational Plan for 2017-18 sets out the fifth and final year of operation under CRDC’s 2013-18 Strategic Plan. 

Download the CRDC Annual Operational Plan.

CRDC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

The Monitoring and Evaluation Framework provides a tool by which CRDC can evaluate progress towards, and acheivement of, the stated outcomes detailed in the CRDC Strategic Plan. 

Download the CRDC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Annual Report 2015-16

In accordance with Section 28 of the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 (PIRD Act) CRDC must present an Annual Report. The Report provides an overview of the CRDC’s governance, operations, achievements and financial statements for the 2015-16 period. Previous Annual Report's are available from CRDC on request.

Download the CRDC’s Annual Report 2015-16.

Indexed lists of CRDC files

CRDC provides access to an indexed list of the titles of all relevant files, including new parts of existing files, as required under the Standing Orders of the Senate.

The most recent indexed files can be downloaded here:

Index list of files January - June 2017.

Index list of files July - December 2016.

Index list of files January - June 2016.

Index list of files January - June 2015.

Senate Order on Entity Contracts 

Pursuant to the amended Senate Order, the attached table sets out contracts for procurement of goods, services, research services and contracts for services to be provided by CRDC which provide for consideration of $100,000 or more (including GST) which: 

  • (A) Have not been fully performed as at 30 June 2017; and/or 
  • (B) Have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 30 June 2017

CRDC contracts research, development and extension services through the CRDC Research Deed, Multi‐party Deeds and Co‐operative agreements or consultancy agreements which contain general commercial confidentiality provisions and may also provide for outputs to be confidential such as intellectual property.

Download the Senate Order on Agency Procurement Contracts for 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.


Workplace Values

CRDC values social and cultural diversity and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the provision of a safe and healthy work environment.

Current Position

Maternity leave vacancy - located at Narrabri NSW

CRDC is seeking applications for an Accountant to cover a maternity leave vacancy. The vacancy commences 1 May 2017 and it is expected the maternity vacancy will be up to 13 months. Full time and part time applicants will be considered.

The Accountant will be an integral member of the administration team responsible for the administration of RD&E project grants and day-to-day administration of CRDC.

Reporting to the General Manager Business & Finance (CFO), you will be responsible for the daily accounting functions and will assist with managing the administration team to ensure accurate and timely reporting to management, the Board and the Commonwealth Government.

To be successful in this role, you will possess the following:

  • tertiary qualifications in accounting, finance or commerce
  • experience in management accounting
  • experience using MYOB
  • skilled in using computers and other information technologies
  • CPA or IPA membership
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • a hands-on approach, organised and team focused.

The Accountant will be responsible for financial reporting, R&D grant payments, creditors, debtors, payroll and general accounting administration.

Click here to access the position description. Applications can be emailed to