Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation programme

​Grants are available for projects aimed at promoting cooperation in accessing international markets, through the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) programme.

The ATMAC programme is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support Australian agricultural industry:

  • open, improve and maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products
  • build stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations.

Find out if your idea is eligible and apply now to access opportunities to grow market access.

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Available funding

Total grantprogramme funding of $3.1 million (GST exclusive) is available over four years from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2019.

Individual grants are available in the range of $55,000 to $1.65 million (GST inclusive) and are allocated until the total funding available for each financial year has been filled.

Funding available for each financial year:

  • 2015–16: $55,000
  • 2016–17: $1.65 million
  • 2017–18: $1.65 million
  • 2018–19: $55,000

Eligibility

Before you apply for a grant, make sure that your proposed project meets eligibility requirements.

Applicants must:

  • have an ABN
  • be capable of entering into a legally binding agreement with the Commonwealth
  • seek project funding of at least $55,000 (GST inclusive).

Examples of eligible individuals and entities include:

  • industry bodies
  • education, research and academic institutions
  • rural and regional associations
  • state and territory and local governments.

Location of eligible project activities can be in Australia or overseas.

Details of grant eligibility are available in the ATMAC grant programme guidelines.

Funding priorities

Applications will be assessed against the funding priorities for the current financial year.

Funding priorities for 2016–17 are for projects that:

  • help realise market access opportunities created for Australian exporters under recently ratified free trade agreements
  • contribute to the negotiation of protocols for new and improved market access.

This may include projects that:

  • address regional biosecurity risks
  • contribute to the negotiation of protocols for new and improved market access
  • help Australia’s agriculture sector to realise export opportunities
  • influence regional and international policymaking
  • may result in real gains in access, providing additional returns to Australian farmers and food producers.

Types of projects that meet the objectives of the ATMAC programme and may attract funding include:

  • research and development projects
  • training programmes
  • practical demonstration activities
  • those that support delegation visits, missions or technical exchanges
  • attending relevant conferences or workshops
  • working groups.

Apply for a grant

Applications for programme funding can be submitted at any time until 31 December 2018 or until all funds have been allocated.

There are no set funding rounds.

To apply for a grant:

Applications will be assessed by a panel based on:

  • merit in accordance with the ATMAC grant programme guidelines
  • order in which applications are received.

Read the guidelines

Use the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation grant programme guidelines to help you complete your application for funding.

The guidelines provide details of the application process including:

  • eligibility
  • key dates
  • handling of personal information.

Download guidelines

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Submit an application

When you are ready to apply:

  • download and complete an application form
  • attach any additional information in support of your application
  • submit your application by mail or email:

Mail:

Programme Manager
Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation programme
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601

Email: atmac@agriculture.gov.au

If you have any questions about the application process, you can email us or call us on 1800 868 175.

Download application form

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Departmental cooperation projects

As part of funding available for trade and market access cooperation projects through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has been allocated an additional $1.9 million for use on projects administered within the Department.

Funded projects

Project

Total Funding

Description

Recipient

Australian camel export development in the Gulf States

$126,500

Grant to build cooperative trade arrangements with the Middle East for the export of Australian live breeder camels and camel genetics.

Ngaanyatjarra Council (Aboriginal Corporation)

Improving the cost competitiveness of Australian horticulture exports by reducing phytosanitary compliance costs

$201,633

To reduce the phytosanitary compliance costs for the export of fresh Australian horticultural products. This will be achieved through testing and validating the precision and accuracy of alternative new, cheaper measurement and logging instrumentation that can be used in cold treatment of horticultural produce for exports to Asia.

The Crown in the right of the State of New South Wales acting through the Department of Primary Industries as an office of the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development

Gaining market access through the Organic Mark

$77,000

Develop a management system for the use of the Australian Organic Mark, comprised of procedures manuals, administrative documents/resources and a database for recording who has applied the Organic Mark within Australia and overseas once equivalency is granted. 

Organic Industry Standards Certification Council

Bilateral and trade facilitation through import value chain development and capacity building

$114,785

Audit fresh produce value chains in China and Vietnam to identify issues and build capacity in postharvest processing, packaging, cold-chain and logistics to improve product out-turn.

Australian Horticultural Exporter’s Association Limited

Red meat cold chain integrity workshops in China

$108,900

Grant to deliver three workshops in China on cold chain integrity, with key Chinese importers, distributors and retailers to promote trade in Australian chilled meat and expand market access for all China eligible establishments.

Meat and Livestock Australia Limited

Enhancing understanding of Australia’s food safety regulatory systems in meeting trading partner requirements

$299,200

Complete a suite of materials (web-based, interactive, social media, brochures) in English and local languages for shared use by Australian industry and governments to provide a consistent and factual explanation of Australia’s food safety and export regulatory systems. This is to assist in regulatory alignment which is a distinguishing characteristic of Australian products seeking approval for import into relevant export markets. The project will also map Australia’s regulatory system against the requirements of three major trading partners. 

Australian Food and Grocery Association

Realising the benefits of ChAFTA through Australian-Chinese partnership to provide supply chain assurance

$126,500

Develop guides and forums to assist Australian exporters in understanding the different pathways into the Chinese market (including free-trade zones, e-commerce and traditional routes) and how to reduce the time and increase the success of product registration and clearance.

Australian Food and Grocery Association

Determination of host status of Australian finger limes to enable market access

$313,409

Australian finger limes cannot send fresh fruit to export markets such as Japan due to concerns over fruit fly. Scientific evidence suggests that finger limes are not a fruit fly host and this project aims to confirm the host status of finger limes and determine the reasons for this resistance.

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Queensland)


The following projects have been approved for funding through the Departments cooperation projects:

Project

Total Funding

Description

Recipient

Breeding seminar

$43,203

The project aims to build and enhance linkages between Australian and Vietnamese breeding industries, including the exchange of technical expertise that will facilitate the development of the Vietnamese breeding sector.

Meat and Livestock Australia Limited

Showcasing Australia's biosecurity system - Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency (IAQA) study tour

$20,540

The study tour for IAQA staff will showcase Australia's expertise in managing biosecurity in response to a request from the Indonesian Government at the most recent Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Forestry Cooperation (WGAFFC) meeting held in November 2015. Delegates will visit the Melbourne airport and gateway (mail) facility, Port Melbourne and the new Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickelham and participate in policy and strategy information workshops in Canberra.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Strengthening capabilities to develop and implement OIE international animal health and welfare standards

$300,000

Project aims to increase OIE member country participation in OIE standards settings processes by 5% through the implementation of seminars in OIE regions of Asia, Far East and Pacific, and Middle East.

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Cooperation on fisheries management between Australia and China

$157,780

Collaboration with China to facilitate improved cooperation on sustainable fisheries management and research on fisheries strategies for key migratory stocks in the region and share information on issues associated with harvest strategy approaches for key migratory fish stocks.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Analysis of European Union trade barriers faced by the Australian red meat industry

$30,000

Grant for a scoping study into technical and economic red meat market access barriers in the European Union.

Meat &  Livestock Australia Limited

Strengthening Thailand's capability in conducting prawn viral disease testing and quarantine management

$11,000

The project aims to enhance the capacity of Thai animal health laboratories to conduct the testing required to meet Australia's requirements for the import of prawns without additional on-arrival testing for diseases of concern such as yellow head virus.

CSIRO

Laboratory Cooperation Program with Indonesia

$85,875

Enhance existing Indonesian laboratory capability and methodologies, and promote greater understanding of the national residue monitoring systems of both Australia and Indonesia.

Australian Government National Measurement Institute

Research to support pesticide MRL setting within Codex

$75,000

Independent analysis of pesticide residue exposure estimates from both current and newly proposed equations, to support science-based standards development in the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues.

World Health Organisation

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