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.
“The extensionAUS Professional Beekeepers CoP has become a recognised and trusted brand for current, relevant and accurate information that is research based. It is the only source of peer-reviewed, Australia-centric truth for the beekeeping industry on social media.” Elizabeth Frost, (Technical Specialist Bees, NSW DPI), Community of Practice Leader since 2019.
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 established 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 two partner organisations; NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Agriculture Victoria.
For more information contact
extensionAUS™ Relationship Manager
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
Manager, Education Delivery
Senior Knowledge Broker, Biosecurity and Agriculture Services