Coutts J&R

Strengthening Practice Change, Education & Extension in Reef Catchments

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The purpose of this website is to provide a place for stakeholders to provide input into the Practice change, Education and Extension in Reef Catchments Project (view the fact sheet ). This is one of the initiatives funded by the Queensland Government about understanding what is required to support accelerated and sustained practice change while enhancing capacity in education and extension. The focus of this project being undertaken by Coutts J&R is:

  • Reviewing existing public and private sector extension capacity, career pathways and training and education opportunities
  • Reviewing current arrangements, innovations and effective examples in extension and education delivery and its impact on practice change
  • Identifying gaps and opportunities in service delivery, coordination and reporting and how these can best be addressed
  • Recommending where actions can be taken to ensure that innovative extension and education delivery services can best be supported to maximise their effectiveness

This review will impact on the way current funds could best be allocated to support these goals. Although stakeholder input is also being sought through meetings and interviews, this site is intended to provide another avenue for input, updates on what is emerging through consultation and an opportunity to provide further response.

We look forward to your ideas and together working out the best steps forward.

Jeff Coutts, Peter Long, Roy Murray Prior, and the Coutts J&R Team.

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June 2017

The report is now completed and has been submitted to DAF/EHP (Queensland Government). Thanks to all who responded to the draft report. There were nine responses to the web survey forms, a further 12 separate responses as well as feedback from participants at the Brisbane workshop in May.

We systematically went through and numbered each point made by each person who responded and then considered what changes were needed. We received a good bit of correction/clarification on some of the industry and regional details – thanks, we really appreciated capturing the picture better! There was some feedback on the need for flexible arrangements re coordination – especially in grazing and we made note of this. We also included a diagram to better explain the thinking behind an on-going framework for training/capacity development within the extension/advisory discipline. We developed more detail around the potential of the BMP programs and clarified some of the other recommendations further. There were no significant challenges to the main ideas in the report – feedback was mainly around the detail and how these would play out on implementation.

We have uploaded a copy of the now modified report with the changes made after the feedback received and have highlighted changes made so that you can see where the feedback influenced this final version. We are also happy to provide you with a list of the points you personally made and our response to it, if you would like this. The effort and thinking put into this input was very much appreciated – and has certainly lead to a better outcome.

The next step is for the Queensland Government agencies to go through the recommendations and make decisions about priorities and actions they wish to support. An implementation plan is being developed and will be actioned over time.

On a parallel front, the pilot graduate program is underway and initial extension training workshops are planned to be rolled out. It is great to see some momentum building. There will also be a reef extension workshop as part of the APEN International Extension conference being held in Townsville in September – which will be a good opportunity to progress some of actions.

Thanks again for being part of the journey to date.