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A Consortium Approach to Marine Science


The Origins of VIMS and Its Consortium Approach

Benefits and Problems of a Consortium Approach

Realizing the Benefits, Overcoming the Problems

VIMS' Role in the Consortium

Building on the Consortium Approach




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Building on the Consortium Approach (continued)

A highly-desirable development in future would be more explicit recognition by the Victorian government of the benefits that it can derive from the existence of such a strong and coordinated capability in Victoria. In recent years the government, because of a strongly inward focus—related, no doubt, to organizational restructuring and budgetary constraints—has failed to take advantage of a resource of magnificent proportions, readily available to it. The broad range and dynamic nature of problems which confront governments in the management of marine environments mean that it is not possible to hold a sufficiently large or diverse pool of expertise within a government laboratory. The alternative is to utilize, in a systematic, well-managed way, the capability available in other organizations. Ultimately, this approach enables a more efficient utilization of resources by government (Hammond, 1991).

These developments can be managed within the present structure of the consortium that is, as I emphasized, not a legal entity or even a formal structure (except where contractual agreements are made for the establishment and operation of particular facilities or projects). To date, these arrangements have provided an entirely adequate base for our consortium approach.

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Hammond, Laurie 1992 'A Consortium Approach to Marine Science', Education, Antarctica, Marine Science and Australia's Future: Proceedings of the Phillip Law 80th Birthday Symposium, 23 April 1992, Royal Society of Victoria, pp. 63-70.

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