This project is needed to:
1. Manage project development between and within OA's member states. Pre Seafood CRC, the Australian oyster industry invested via the FRAB system and often in isolation to each other. The operation of the Oyster Consortium within the Seafood CRC was testament to the ability for states to co-ordinate their investment. But a co-ordinator and industry consultation budget is needed to facilitate this process.
2. Manage and co-ordinate access to most suitable funding sources for R,D&E goals. The R&D funding environment is a complex mix of business, R&D provider, industry and public funds. A portion of the industry's R,D&E needs can be addressed via the straightforward route to FRDC leveraged industry funds. With dwindling funds available, co-ordination and management is also required to access partnerships within and outside the FRDC framework.
3. Maintain cohesive and strategic direction of the Oysters Australia R&D group. Formation and execution of a strategic plan is vital to maintaining agreement and forms part of this project. Time spent consulting and communicating with member states is also needed to maintain cohesion.
4. Communication. Good project design contains a commercial partner and commercialisation path. A commercialisation path is an efficient form of project uptake and can reduce the 'push through' approach to communicating R&D results. But communication is still needed to a) set strategy in consultation with growers, b) update on investments as they are made and c) report on results to the grower's business.