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So You Want to Meet with the Minister's Office? 
Well, the new Government has been elected, new Ministers sworn in, advisers appointed and the new Parliament will sit next month. Before you reach for the phone to arrange a meeting with a Minister's office, here's a few things to consider. 

 1. The Purpose of the Meeting 
 A Minister's office is a busy place, particularly during Parliamentary sitting weeks when everyone descends on Canberra. Aim for meetings of 15-20 minutes with a short prepared agenda outlining what you want to discuss. 
Your aim is to build a relationship not make a transaction. A meeting is part of a longer engagement including contact with the Minister's advisers and the Department, phone calls, emails, letters and external events. It should provide value to the Minister's office beyond simple information or a basic request for action.  

2. Understand the Context 
Expect that a Minister's office will be well briefed by its Department and will know the history of an issue, other stakeholder perspectives, how this links with Government priorities, and any budget issues and constraints. Ensure that you have considered and addressed all these issues beforehand. With all that available knowledge, what advice would you provide to the Minister?  

3. Bring Solutions not Problems
Come to the meeting with policy ideas not simple funding or legislation requests. Position yourself as a policy development partner, bringing knowledge, insights and potential solutions.   

What value can you provide to the Government? You will have greater impact if you have worked through the issues yourself, developed and tried some ideas, consulted with a wide range of stakeholders, and can share some insights and logical next steps. 

After all that, if you're not ready for a meeting then don't ask for one (yet). An ill-prepared first meeting might lessen your chances of further meetings.  

In the immortal words of JFK "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."  

Paul Hodgson

Paul Hodgson has worked in and with Governments for more than twenty years and most recently was Senior Adviser, Industry and Innovation for The Hon Greg Combet AM. Paul will also be a guest speaker at this years CRC Association's Communicators meeting (; 0431 882  911).

Banksia Award for Clean-up leader

Professor Ravi Naidu, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation for the Environment (CRC CARE) has recently won the prestigious Banksia Award for clean-up leader.

The Award recognises an individual executive's contribution towards the economic, social or environmental sustainability achievements of the organisation or company they work for and which also benefits the world.

We could like to congratulate Professor Naidu and CRC CARE for this tremendous achievement. For more information click here

Professor Naidu had the following to say

"I cannot think of a better vindication of our achievements than a Banksia Award. Our success would not have been possible without the dedication of the researchers, students and staff who make CRC CARE what it is. This award is as much for them as it is for me"

Professor Ravi Naidu and Jeanne Pratt

Agriculture Grant Applications Now Open

Grant applications are now open for the 2014 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue to benefit Australia’s primary industries. Click here for full details

Rethinking Linkages: translating research into economic benefits for Australia

Collaboration between publicly funded research organisations and industry is crucial to improving the translation of research into productive outcomes that increase the nation’s output. However, there remain fundamental systemic barriers to increasing this collaboration in Australia.
ATSE has released a new paper entitled Rethinking Linkages: translating research into economic benefits for Australia that describes new approaches and mechanisms that can be used to improve productivity through the creation of successful collaborations.
View or download the paper here.

The paper draws on discussions held at a recent ATSE-ACOLA workshop held at Customs House, Brisbane on 9 August link.

Lab Management & Design Conference

Held annually, the Lab Management & Design Conference is the MUST ATTEND event for laboratory professionals from all types of laboratories in all types of industrial and academic environments.
The theme of this year's conference is: “Laboratory Life - an exercise in leadership and learning” and includes presentations on:
• People skills - most rewarding if done right
• Technology updates - don’t get left behind
• Business process - streamline and standardise
• Regulatory awareness - don’t get caught out.
The program will include presentations on the latest regulatory updates; handling scientific and technical staff; being aware of the legislative changes and learning about technology that will benefit laboratory managers in their workplace.
Special offer for CRCA member organisations and their staff. Click here to register using the promo code CRCA to receive a further 7% off the advertised rates. Early Bird closes Friday Nov. 1

Conference Wine Sponsor

The CRC Association would like to thank Haselgrove Vingerons who were the proud wine sponsors of this year’s CRC Association Conference. They were responsible for the exquisite Blackbilly Sparking Shiraz that was a big hit. For more information click here

CRC ORE Presents New Publication

Recently, the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) released an informative publication  entitled "Understanding Mine to Mill".

Commissioned by the CRC ORE and written by mining and engineering expert Professor Don McKee, the publication documents the history of Mine to Mill and summarises the lessons learned and keys to successful implementation.

To view CRC ORE and Don McKee's Mine to Mill publication click here

Investing in the Future

Register now to attend the KCA Annual Conference.  This event is a must-attend for anyone associated with or interested in learning more about the commercialisation of intellectual property arising from publicly funded research organisations. 

The three day program features a number of notable speakers  who will provide attendees with insights into to the changing funding landscape, industry insights into working with universities, and how to work better with partners internationally. Hear from Pollenizer, BlueScope Steel, Thales Group, Commercialisation Australia, 3M and many more.

The event will be hosted in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum, 13-15 November 2013.  See the attached or head to the for more information.

Vacant Position

Chief Executive Officer - Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems  Cooperative Reserach Centre

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We have recently set up a dedicated email address for members to send in newsworthy items to be considered for the CRCA newsletter. Feel free to email us at

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30-21 October

Managing Research and Innovation for Social and Economic Development
What will the state of research be in Australia post-election? How should the relationship between policy, research and innovation be governed for the benefit of society? This timely conference will discuss and debate the complex interplay between research management, policy and innovation in fostering social and economic development.

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13-15 November

Investing in the Future

Register now to attend the KCA Annual Conference. Click here

19-21 November
Lab Management & Design Conference, Brisbane
The conferences this year will cover wide ranging topics including changing culture, business process, managing your data,cost saving, laboratory standards and case studies of new buildings from both the designers and users perspectives. For more information click here

25-28 November

World Congress on Railway Research
The World Congress on Railway Research is the world's foremost international forum for the promotion, development and exchange of the latest innovations in the global rail here

4th December

Smart Services CRC Annual R&D Conference & Innovation Showcase

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