The eXtensionAUS platform and the Community of Practice sites it hosts have been developed to meet the needs of rural and regional Australia for the extension of knowledge and to enable collaboration on important issues.

It has been developed as part of a RIRDC project called Extension and Adoption for Australian Farmers and Fishers.  RIRDC has developed the eXtensionAUS platform in partnership with Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit Programme.

RIRDC has a long tradition of investing in people in rural Australia.  RIRDC has funded projects related to extension, rural leadership, women, education and training, safety and capacity building to achieve innovation.  http://www.rirdc.gov.au/publications

The Extension and Adoption for Australian Farmers and Fishers project builds on much of the work previously completed by RIRDC related to extension and capacity building.

Key topics on the Community of Practice sites are presented as articles, which describe the topic and importantly link to other references, presentations or tools that may be of use to the reader.