Checklist: Who to include in your K&A plan

Policy makers

Natural resource use regulators or policy makers – those with a responsibility for either regulating the resource, developing strategies or policies about the resource, or developing legislation:

  • Federal government departments/agencies/committees involved in regulation/policy/legislation
  • State government departments/agencies/committees involved in regulation/policy/legislation
  • Local government/municipal authorities/committees involved in regulation/policy/legislation
  • Regional natural resource management agencies (e.g. Catchment Management Authorities)
  • Inter-agency or issues-based statutory committees whose findings or deliberations impact on the quality of the resource or people’s use of the resource
  • Other


Natural resource managers – those who directly manage the resource related to the research issue and need information for their planning:

  • Special user groups (e.g. Landcare, integrated catchment groups, indigenous groups)
  • Federal government departments/agencies/committees who directly manage the resource
  • State government departments/agencies/committees who directly manage the resource
  • Local government/municipal authorities/committees who directly manage the resource
  • Quasi-government agencies overseeing specific functions (e.g. water authorities, regional planning commissions, environmental commissions)
  • Other


Natural resource users – those who directly use the natural resources that are being researched:

  • Individuals who use land, water or other natural resources
  • Local council authorities with direct responsibility for the resource (but who may not manage the resource)
  • Regional natural resource management agencies (e.g. Catchment Management Authorities)
  • Industry associations or bodies that may be subject to (a) regulation, (b) modification to access to, or (c) subject to charge for resource use
  • Other

Natural resource use advisors – including both private and government advisors about impacts on or use of the natural resource

  • Local businesses (including agribusiness and banks) that provide advice about the resource
  • Consultants
  • Extension personnel from state government agencies, Landcare and Catchment Management Groups etc
  • Research organisations (e.g. Cooperative Research Centres, state government departments, universities, CSIRO)
  • Trade associations (e.g. Commercial Fisheries Association)
  • Professional scientific/technical associations (e.g. Ecological Society of Australia)
  • Other

Natural resource use funders – those who fund your project

  • Research and development funding organisations (e.g. Land & Water Australia)
  • Government funding arrangements/bodies (e.g. Natural Heritage Trust)
  • Other


The broader Australian community – those with an in interest in the natural resource issue through either their general interest in environmental/sustainability issues and/or their involvement in recreation, tourism or using the products of the resources (food and fibre):

Local residents/community groups

  • Country Women's Association
  • Associations such as Lions, Rotary
  • Associations of senior citizens
  • Indigenous groups
  • Ethnic groups
  • Other organisations or individuals who have stature in the community and can influence opinion

Conservation groups

  • Local conservation groups
  • National conservation groups (e.g. Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace)
  • State-wide conservation groups (e.g. Queensland Conservation Council)
  • Groups related to specific issues (e.g. rainforest protection, biodiversity, limnology)
  • Other

Business groups

  • Manufacturing industries (e.g. food processing)
  • Export agents/companies
  • Real estate agencies
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Industrial groups
  • Other


  • Colleges and universities
  • Primary schools and high schools
  • Other

Media representatives

  • Local
  • State/national
  • Special media (e.g. rural)
  • Other


Internal – those within your organisation or in collaborating organisations who may need to be involved in the communication


  • Project staff
  • Links with other projects in your organisation
  • Management

Advisory committees

  • Organisational
  • Community reference groups/panels