The extensionAUS™ platform and the Community of Practice sites it hosts, have been developed to meet the needs of rural and regional Australia; by bringing together scientists, academics and practitioners to collaborate, share information, knowledge and research, create ideas and provide solutions.
Based on the concept ‘together we can achieve more’, the platform is connecting agricultural professionals with Australian rural communities, to help enable practice change on-farm.
“Our staff have recognised extensionAUS™ as an agile means for conveying timely, relevant information to farmers and advisors with the assurance that the information is from credible sources.” Charlie Walker, (Technical and Development Manager Incitec Pivot Fertilisers), Community of Practice member since 2013
extensionAUS™ is at the forefront of digital extension and is recognised as a go-to resource of timely and relevant expert information and advice; provided at the click of a button, packaged up in an accessible format.
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.
Agricultural RD&E has a long history in Australia and over the past decade there has been an increasing trend towards extension being provided by the private sector. As the role of government in extension changes, there is an opportunity to forge new partnerships between private and public organisations and explore innovative approaches to extension activities.
The introduction of the digital platform extensionAUS™, is helping transform the way farmers source and digest information.
Born out of the Australian Government Rural R&D for Profit Program Extension and Adoption for Australian Farmers and Fishers project and a pilot program based on the eXtension model from the USA, the extensionAUS™ platform has evolved in the Australian context and today is led by three partner organisations; AgriFutures Australia, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Agriculture Victoria.
AgriFutures Australia (previously RIRDC, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation), has a long tradition of investing in people in rural Australia. AgriFutures Australia has funded projects related to extension, rural leadership, women, education and training, safety and capacity building to achieve innovation and is the service provider for the extensionAUS™ platform.
For more information contact
extensionAUS™ Relationship Manager
Lechelle van Breda
Manager, Cross Sector Programs
Program Manager, Grains Industry Networks
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
Manager, Education Delivery