The CRCNA Board is seeking a suitably qualified individual or organisation to facilitate the process of the Board developing a strategic plan for the organisation which satisfies both the Commonwealth Government requirements for a Strategic Research Plan and the Board’s requirements for an Organisational Strategy.

Key dates

  • EOI open – Tuesday 5 February 2019
  • EOI close – 5pm AEST on Friday 22 February 2019
  • Project start – March 2019
  • Project end – May 2019

Purpose

The CRCNA Board is seeking a suitably qualified individual or organisation to facilitate the process of the Board developing a strategic plan for the organisation which satisfies both the Commonwealth Governments requirements for a Strategic Research Plan and the Board’s requirements for an Organisational Strategy.  

Context

The CRCNA is unlike most CRC’s as it is an initiative of the federal Government’s White Paper for Developing Northern Australia (2015). Consequently, a short-term strategy was established as an 18-month plan to get the CRCNA running and build momentum. The CRCNA has been operational for 18 months and is now ready to set a long-term strategy.

Background

The Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) is investing $75m of Commonwealth funds over ten years to support industry-led research collaborations.  The funding will develop new technologies, products and services which address industry issues in northern Australia within three initial focus areas:

  1. Agriculture and Food (including aquaculture)
    Removing barriers and improving supply and value chains for new and existing northern agricultural industries.
  1. Northern Australia Health Service Delivery
    Identifying new models and approaches, early detection, health seeking behaviour and mental health.
  1. Traditional Owner-led Business Development
    Identifying new models and approaches and building an industry ready skilled workforce in the fields of agriculture, food and/or health industries.

The CRCNA brings together industry, universities and other research bodies, regional development organisations, all northern jurisdictions and international partners in a collaborative industry-led R&D venture to assist businesses, governments and researchers identify opportunities for business and growth in the north.

We work closely with and are supported by our investment partners the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and Australian governments. More detailed background information can be sourced from the current CRCNA Strategic Research Plan available on the website.

Strategic plan requirements

Outline the process that you would undertake to facilitate the Board to develop their Strategic Plan. The process must facilitate the following:

  1. Assist the Board to undertake an environmental scan to inform the further development of a strategy.
  2. Deliver a documented assessment of the organisation’s current performance e.g. a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats).
  3. Assist the Board to confirm or vary the organisation’s vision, purpose and objectives.
  4. Assist the Board to determine where it wants the organisation to be in the medium to long term (Strategic Intent).
  5. Assist the Board to develop a strategy of actions and research priorities which will assist the organisation to achieve its vision, mission and objectives.
  6. Assist the Board to set key measures of performance to monitor progress with implementation of the strategy. Staff should be made responsible for these measures and delivery of the strategy.

Approval

The final decision on approval of the Strategic Plan will rest solely with the Board as the Board is ultimately responsible for an organisation’s performance, however, a draft strategy should be socialised with the key CRCNA Stakeholders prior to the Board’s final approval. Communication of the plan to staff will be vital and inclusion of staff in developing the strategy where appropriate will assist with greater ownership of the strategy.

Stakeholders

In addition to the Board and staff your expression of interest should include how and when to include the following stakeholders in this process:

  • CRCNA Members
  • CRCNA Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • CRCNA Health Service Delivery Advisory Committee
  • Indigenous Expert Reference Group (established by the Office of Northern Australia and Prime Minister and Cabinet)
  • Office of Northern Australia
  • WA, NT & QLD Governments
  • Regional Development Authorities
  • Development Commissions
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Relevant industry groups

Eligibility criteria

  • Both the online form and the project financials spreadsheet must be submitted for consideration.

How to apply

Complete and submit the online Expression of interest form and Project financials spreadsheet by 5pm AEST on Friday 22 February 2019.

View the CRCNA Strategic Plan EOI form

Enquiries

Jed Matz, CEO
(07) 4401 5035          
projects@crcna.com.au