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Industry Connection Hub

To apply to become a member of the Industry Connection Hub, please review the membership guidelines.


The challenge

An important component of all CRCs is ensuring research results are used by industry and that they have real impact on the way we do business. It is also important to measure this impact.

The FFW CRC is committed to doing this for the Australian food industry in a way that doesn’t just rely on annual conferences, final research reports and participant newsletters. Whilst these very important communication activities will still take place, the FFW CRC intends to be innovative and inclusive when it comes to communication, industry engagement, research extension and training.

Our plan

The Industry Connection Hub operates under the principle that we are fundamentally stronger together in extending research results to industry and developing relevant and coordinated education and training for industry. The principal benefits of belonging to the Hub are therefore focused around the enhanced opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of information from the CRC in a rapid and timely manner to benefit Hub member’s industry sectors and businesses.The Hub will also provide a platform for researchers and research students to access industry for activities such as surveys, interviews, market research, advice and connections.

The Industry Connection Hub aims to:

  • increase industry engagement in food waste reduction through promoting FFW CRC research findings and identified training opportunities.
  • contribute to achieving the objectives of the FFW CRC by providing the opportunities and knowledge for Hub members to train at least 125 industry representatives per year for the next 10 years (with the goal that those trained will implement at least one new piece of knowledge, technology, method or process into their business or place of employment).
  • identify industry training program outputs that will be used by industry to ensure that their business and their workforce are better skilled, new knowledge created by CRC research is applied to industry and industry have the necessary skills to take up R&D results from the CRC.
  • be the vehicle in which to conduct the Training Needs Analysis to identify skill and training gaps.
  • be the vehicle in which the CRC’s portfolio of communication and extension materials are used by CRC organisations to adopt food waste innovations.
  • broaden industry networks for the FFW CRC as an organisation.
  • tap into existing powerful networks and channels direct to industry.
  • establish a platform to support the implementation of the National Food Waste Strategy.

A key objective for the Hub is to be a key instigator for identifying new and fresh education and training opportunities, courses, master classes, micro-learning and e-learning that Hub members can develop for their industry members and sectors.  This will be achieved through a training needs analysis with FFW CRC Participants that will identify what training opportunities are available in relation to food loss and waste and packaging as well as the gaps.

The benefit to industry will be the establishment of online and offline learning channels and resources developed by Hub members and access to FFW CRC research results in a timely manner and in a format that can be understood and applied directly within their business.

Want to join the Industry Connection Hub?

Are you interested in joining the Industry Connection Hub? Then complete our online form below to have your application considered.

There are two categories for Hub members:

Full Members: Organisations who are FFW CRC core or supporting participants, CRC staff or CRC Program Leaders. Any FFW CRC participant that has direct links, communication channels and networks to industry sectors can become a Full Member of the Industry Connection Hub. This includes:

  • Industry associations
  • National, state and local non-government organisations
  • Local, state and government organisations and departments
  • Organisations that run existing industry networks, platforms and extension initiatives
  • Education providers and RTOs
  • Environmental organisations
  • Industry volunteering organisations

In order to qualify as a Full Member, an organisation and its Hub representative must:

  1. be a core or supporting participant of the FFW CRC, a CRC Program Leader or a CRC student
  2. have direct links, networks and communication channels to industry sectors
  3. have a purpose, project and activity that aims to benefit one or more industry groups
  4. agree with the purpose of the Industry Connection Hub and share the Hub’s values and purpose.

Associate Members: Organisations not affiliated to the FFW CRC as participants, but who have direct links and strong connections to industry sectors. In order to qualify as an Associate Member, an organisation must:

  1. have direct links, networks and communication channels to industry sectors
  2. have an active industry database
  3. be an education provider or a RTO for industry-based training
  4. agree with the purpose of the Industry Connection Hub and share the Hub’s values and purpose.

FFW CRC Industry Connection Hub Application Form

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If you experience any issues with this form, please contact Industry Connection Hub Manager, Emily Mantilla.



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