The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a specialised institute at the University of Tasmania with a mandate to progress the agricultural industry of Tasmania.
Our vision is to enable Tasmanian food producers and processors to accelerate primary sector productivity while maintaining and improving Tasmania’s land and water quality for future generations.
We focus on industry relevant research and development, encouraging the industry adoption of findings, and the delivery of educational offerings relevant to Tasmania. This includes teaching the Bachelor of Agricultural Science and training higher degree research candidates who are vital to the industry’s future prosperity.
Close relationships across the agriculture and food value chain at a local, national and international level ensure we are connected with stakeholders and that our research and education priorities support industry needs and aspirations.
Importantly, TIA is a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government and formed in 1997 by bringing together the resources of the Tasmanian Government with the scientific research and teaching capacity of the University of Tasmania.
TIA Director, Professor Michael Rose
TIA Advisory Board
Some of TIA’s work is funded by the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government. This work is monitored and evaluated by an Advisory Board, comprising of senior representatives from the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Government, and industry representatives from Tasmania’s agriculture and food sector.
The Board advises on the strategic direction of research, development and extension activities that are undertaken by TIA and contributes to and endorses TIA's Strategic Plan.
A focus of the Board is to work with TIA to progress actions arising from the Tasmanian Government’s RD&E White Paper, Growing Tasmanian Agriculture – Research, Development and Extension for 2050.
University of Tasmania representatives
- Professor Anthony Koutoulis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
- Terry Bailey, Executive Dean for the College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Government representatives
- Jason Jacobi (Chair), Acting Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRET)
- Deidre Wilson, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRET)
- Marcus Griffin
- Angelique Korpershoek
- Peter Skillern
- Elizabeth Skirving
TIA produces an annual Highlights Report, featuring key outcomes from our research, industry development, and education endeavours, along with a comprehensive list of research projects and publications.
All these activities aim to support TIA’s mission of enabling the productivity of Tasmania’s agriculture and food sectors while maintaining and improving our land and water quality for future generations.