Terms and Conditions

Terms of Use

The content of this web site is provided for information purposes only. While reasonable care is taken in its preparation, the Grains Research and Development Corporation does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy, reliability, completeness or currency of the information on this site or its usefulness in achieving any purpose. Users of this site are responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. The Grains Research and Development Corporation will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information on this site.

Disclaimer

The content of this web site is provided for information purposes only. While reasonable care is taken in its preparation, the Grains Research and Development Corporation does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy, reliability, completeness or currency of the information on this site or its usefulness in achieving any purpose. Users of this site are responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. The Grains Research and Development Corporation will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information on this site.

Caution: unregistered pesticide uses

Information accessed by references and hyperlinks to other sites external to this website may be incorrect, misleading or not verifiable. They are only provided to assist users and on the basis that users are responsible for assessing the accuracy, reliability, completeness or currency of information found. The Grains Research and Development Corporation neither accepts any responsibility for the content of such material nor necessarily endorses any organisation or company linked to or with unregistered pesticides or of unregistered products.

Pesticide disclaimer

The Grains Research and Development Corporation seeks to avoid putting information regarding unregistered pesticides or unregistered use of pesticides on this website. However it is possible that occasionally summaries of projects in which Grains Research and Development Corporation invests may unintentionally include such information. Any research regarding pesticides or their use reported in this website does not constitute a recommendation for that particular use by the authors, the author's organisations or the Grains Research and Development Corporation. All pesticide applications must accord with the currently registered label for that particular pesticide, crop, pest and region.

Final Reports disclaimer

This document has been prepared in good faith by the named organisation or individual on the basis of information available at the date of publication without any independent verification. Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy, reliability, completeness or currency of the information in this publication nor its usefulness in achieving any purpose. Readers are responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of the content of this publication. GRDC will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on information in this publication. Products may be identified by proprietary or trade names to help readers identify particular types of products but this is not, and is not intended to be, an endorsement or recommendation of any product or manufacturer referred to. Other products may perform as well or better than those specifically referred to. Check www.apvma.gov.au and select product registrations listed in PUBCRIS for current information relating to product registration.

Old or archival reports (projects that concluded in 2007 or earlier)

The information contained in these older reports is now several years old, and may have been wholly or partially superseded or built upon in subsequent work funded by GRDC or others. Readers should be aware that more recent research may be more useful for their needs. Findings related to agricultural chemical use are also potentially out of date and are not to be taken as a recommendation for their use.

Links to Other Sites

Links to other websites found on this website are for convenience only and no endorsement of the content of any such linked website or any products or services described therein is intended by the provision of a link from this website.  

Ownership - Copyright and Contents of Site

© GRDC All work on this web site is subject of copyright owned by or licensed to the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part of the work may be reproduced in any form or by any process without prior written permission from the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Requests and enquires concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to: Manager Publications Grains Research and Development Corporation PO Box 5367 Kingston ACT 2604 Australia Telephone: (02) 6166 4500 Facsimile: (02) 6166 4599 Email: grdc@grdc.com.au Any requests concerning material that does not originate from the Grains Research and Development Corporation will be forwarded to the appropriate copyright owner.

Security

This site adheres to Commonwealth Government Internet security standards, including the Defence Signals Directorate guidelines. Note: There is an inherent risk associated with the use of an insecure public network such as the World Wide Web. Though minor, the potential does exist that a user's transactions (including emails) may be viewed, intercepted or modified by a third party. Again, if you prefer to use an alternative means of delivery, you can send the information via the GRDC's normal communications methods; i.e. mail, phone or fax. If you take this approach, please make it clear which part of the website you are responding to. Telephone: (02) 6166 4500 Fax: (02) 6166 4599 Post: Grains Research and Development Corporation GPO Box 5367 KINGSTON ACT 2604 External sites that are linked to or from the GRDC's site are not under the GRDC's control and you are advised to review their privacy statement.  

Public Interest Disclosure

This webpage provides potential disclosers with information about how to make a public interest disclosure. The GRDC operates a Public Interest Disclosure scheme in accordance with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act).  The GRDC Public Interest Disclosure Scheme is made up of GRDC’s:
  • Public Interest Disclosure Procedures;
  • Public Interest Disclosure Handbook.
The focus of the Scheme is on reporting serious wrongdoing within GRDC. If a potential disclosure wishes to make a disclosure about another agency or department, the disclosure should be made to the relevant agency or department. Further guidance on the PID Act can be obtained from the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s website: www.ombudsman.gov.au. The PID Act aims to promote the integrity and accountability of the Commonwealth public sector by:
  • encouraging and facilitating the making of disclosures of wrongdoing by public officials;
  • ensuring that public officials who make public interest disclosures are supported and protected from adverse consequences; and
  • ensuring that disclosures are properly investigated and dealt with.

Who can make a public interest disclosure?

Any current or former public official can make a public interest disclosure.  The types of wrongdoing which can be reported in a public interest disclosure include conduct which:
  • contravenes a law;
  • perverts the course of justice;
  • is corrupt;
  • constitutes maladministration, including conduct that is based on improper motives or is unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or negligent;
  • is an abuse of public trust;
  • is fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception in relation to proposing, carrying out or reporting scientific research, or is other misconduct relating to scientific analysis, scientific evaluation or the giving of scientific advice;
  • results in wastage of public money or property;
  • unreasonably endangers health or safety;
  • endangers the environment;
  • is prescribed by any PID rules (made under section 83 of the PID Act); or
  • involves abuse of a public official’s position, or could, if proved, give reasonable grounds for disciplinary action against the public official.

Making a disclosure

Public interest disclosures can be made orally or in writing:
  • by a GRDC employee to their supervisor/manager;
  • to an authorised officer (listed below);
  • in limited circumstances, a person outside of Commonwealth government other than a foreign official;
  • the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
When making a disclosure, you should provide as much information as possible, including:
  • your name and contact details (however you can remain anonymous);
  • the nature of the wrongdoing;
  • who committed the wrongdoing;
  • where and when the wrongdoing occurred;
  • relevant background information and events;
  • if anything has been done in response to the wrongdoing;
  • name and contact details for any witnesses or anyone \aware of the wrongdoing; and
  • any concerns you may have about possible reprisal as a result of making the disclosure.
You can report anonymously, however, if you do:
  • it may be more difficult for GRDC to protect the disclosure from reprisals;
  • it may make investigation under the PID Act more difficult; and
  • it may mean that GRDC is not able to provide the disclosure with updates on the handling of the disclosure and the progress of any investigation.

GRDC’s Authorised Officers

GRDC’s authorised officers for the purposes of receiving and handling disclosures pursuant to the PID Act are as follows: General Manager, Systems and Agronomy North General Manager, Systems and Agronomy West All authorised officers will be appropriately trained in handling public interest disclosures and will have responsibility to manage such disclosures. Authorised officers can be contacted through any of the means set out below: Email address:  pid@grdc.com.au Postal address: GRDC PID Authorised Officer Level 4, East Building, 4 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 Telephone:        (02) 6166 4500 When posting a PID, the disclosure should use two envelopes to minimise the risk of support staff inadvertently reading the disclosure. The envelopes should be marked ‘PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL’.

Further information

Commonwealth Ombudsman website http://www.ombudsman.gov.au/about/making-a-disclosure.

Freedom of Information

The object of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) is to ‘give the Australian community access to information held by Australian Government agencies’, and, ‘to increase recognition that information held by the Government is to be managed for public purposes, and is a national resource’.

Making an FOI request

In order for the GRDC to process your request as quickly as possible, at the lowest possible cost, your request must:
  • be made in writing
  • state that you are seeking information in accordance with the FOI Act
  • provide enough information for the GRDC to clearly identify the scope of your request, the time periods your request falls under and the category of documents sought. i.e. reports, minutes, emails etc.
  • specify an address (either email or physical) so the GRDC can correspond with you about your request.
Although not a requirement under the FOI Act, you may also wish to provide a phone number to make it easier for us to consult with you about your request. No form is necessary, but the sample application form provided by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is a useful guide to the matters that should be addressed in your FOI application. FOI requests should be sent to: FOI Officer Grains Research & Development Corporation PO Box 5637 KINGSTON ACT 2604 Or via email foi@grdc.com.au

Fees and charges for FOI

Request

Charge

Application No fee
Search and retrieval $15 per hour
Decision making and consultation First five hours free, after that $20 per hour
When FOI request is not responded to within the statutory time limit No fees
Internal review No fee
Request for personal information No fee
If you wish to apply to have your request processed for a reduced fee or free of charge, you can seek a waiver/remission of fees on the grounds of financial hardship or public interest, or any other factor you feel may be relevant. If you wish to have your request considered for reduced charges or free of charge, please include reasons in your application. Where the GRDC decides that you are liable to pay a charge for access to a document, it must give you a written notice stating its preliminary assessment of the charge. You may contend that the charge has been wrongly assessed, or should be reduced or not imposed. In deciding whether to reduce or not to impose a charge, the decision-maker must, amongst other things, take into account whether payment of the charge, or part of it, would cause you financial hardship and whether the giving of access to the documents is in the general public interest. Cheques and money orders are to be made payable to Grains Research and Development Corporation. Payment may also be made through direct deposit, by contacting the Compliance Officer.

Additional matters

Processing an FOI request can take some time, especially if the number of documents sought is large. If the request for documents contains information about a person, company or organisation other than the applicant, the GRDC is required to consult with them before making a decision. It may not be possible to obtain access to all of the documents sought in the request because some may be exempt from release under the FOI Act.

Contact

Please contact the GRDC FOI Officer: Switchboard: +61 2 6166 4500 or email foi@grdc.com.au for further information.