Growing a Digital Future in Agriculture project, with all the partner organisation logos.

Digital innovation could lift the GDP of the Australian agricultural sector by $20.3 billion. The Australian agricultural sector has set a course for Australian farms to produce $100 billion by 2030. With farmers and fishers today producing $60 billion digital innovation gets us half way there.

This as a pivotal time for Australian agriculture to digitally innovate. RDC's have invested in three national frameworks for the Australian agricultural sector:

  • An agricultural workforce digital capability framework

  • Agricultural data rules: best management practice (Griffith University and USC Australia)

  • A digital maturity index (CSIRO)

Combined, the Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture and Growing a Digital Future reports provide a comprehensive and coherent framework for the digital innovation of Australian agriculture.


Agricultural workforce digital capability framework

A practical national framework to guide the RDC’s ongoing investments and priorities as they relate to up-skilling the agricultural workforce to better adopt technology and lift the digital maturity of the sector. This broader initiative aims to lift the digital maturity of the sector from adhoc to competitive, lift economic growth and prepare the workforce for the future.

KPMG and Skills Impact, with contribution from Faethm and The University of Queensland. (2019) KPMG and Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Australia.

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Agricultural data rules: Best Management Practice 

Developing transparency and trust for producers through Australian agricultural data governance framework and action plan. The aim of this project is to set up an Agricultural Data Governance Framework and Action Plan, clarifying responsibilities and creating trust among producers and their partners in their agricultural supply chains.

Wiseman, L. and Sanderson, J. (2019). Griffith University, USC Australia and Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Australia.


Enabling digital innovation in agriculture: Development of a digital maturity model and assessment tool for the agricultural industry

To contribute to the digital innovation journey, the project will assist to develop a quantitative, standardised measure of digital capability – a ‘Digital Maturity Index’ – which can be used for both diagnostic, and monitoring and evaluation purposes Producing a practical tool that industry can use to systematically collect data to inform the development of a fit-for-purpose digital strategy, and to evaluate progress to achieving on-farm adoption of digital technologies, and improved usage of digital information in decision-making

Zhang, A., Hobman, E. Smith, D. Guan, X. Froese, Y. (2019). CSIRO and Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Australia.



Project supporters:

  • Cotton Research and Development Corporation
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Dairy Australia
  • Sugar Research Australia
  • AgriFutures Australia
  • Australian Wool Innovation
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia
  • Australian Pork Limited
  • Wine Australia
  • Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • Australian Egg Corporation Limited

Research providers:

  • Griffith University
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • KPMG

Five pillars for digital maturity in the agriculture sector infograph