PolicyAt times APEN will consider policy issues that impact on extension. This may done by:
- Participating on committees that influence extension policy
- Establishing and promoting a policy position (e.g. by having it on our website)
- Providing submissions to government enquiries
Most policy is influenced by informal interactions amongst professionals. The mere existence of the extension network and having members involved in a wide range of government and private institutions means that APEN members are involved in the policy making process whether they realise it or not.
At times though an issue comes along that needs special attention and the Management Committee will seek to gauge member’s views to establish a position or become involved as it is obviously of importance to extension.
The following are policy areas APEN has been formerly involved in:
- Should APEN have a position on climate change (Outcome – No, but members need to have an understanding of the issue as it impacts on their work. See Climate change in the Links section for access to external resources on the internet.)
- Representatives on the State Extension Leaders Network.
- Exploring the establishment of professional accreditation.
- Establishment of a National Extension Framework for Australia.
- Submission to the National Food Plan.
- Submission to the Agricultural Competitiveness Issues paper (April 2014)
- APEN Response to the Green Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness (Dec 2014)
- MOU with AIA 2015
- Submission to the Standing Committee Inquiry into Agricultural Innovation (November 2015)