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 grant programme 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


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 2017–18 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:


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


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

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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

ProjectTotal FundingDescriptionRecipient
Australian camel export development in the Gulf States$126,500Grant 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$201,633To 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$77,000Develop 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$114,785Audit 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$108,900Grant 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$299,200Complete 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$126,500Develop 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$313,409This project will determine the host status of Australian finger limes against five species of fruit flies. Methods outlined in the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) Regional Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (RSPM) will be followed to conduct this testing.Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Queensland)
Non-tariff barriers to Australia’s agricultural trade$60,500This project will develop an educational resource, to assist Australian agricultural exporters understand and navigate non-tariff barriers. Practical case studies will be developed, highlighting non-tariff barriers and ways to remedy them.Export Council of Australia
Building networks and addressing trade barriers to facilitate improved market access for grain$108,750This project will support the Australian grain industry to engage with key Asian markets (Vietnam, China and Indonesia) to enhance commercial, regulatory and technical alignment with those markets. These activities may facilitate improved market access for Australian grain.Grain Trade Australia Ltd
Improving access to the Chinese wine market$63,214China is introducing a system of compulsory registration and inspections of foreign facilities that manufacture wine for that market. This project aims to build confidence within China that the existing Australian wine regulatory framework satisfies those requirements and allow for the accreditation of Australian wine regulators to conduct winery inspections.Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Incorporated
Detailed analysis of the UK and EU market for Australian red meat imports$92,000This project aims to gather market intelligence and collate a comprehensive analysis of trade flows, demand drivers and pricing and where Australian red meat is currently consumed in the EU. This implies an understanding of the route-to-consumption for Australian red meat within the EU, especially the inter-country movement once clearing import controls in the EU. This comprehensive analysis will enhance Australia’s preparation for upcoming FTA negotiations.Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd
Developing export markets for blueberries$120,000This project will assist Australian blueberry growers to use newly established protocols (low dose radiation) to increase market access to Indonesia.  The project will improve exporter knowledge and develop stronger trading relationships.  There is a critical need to develop new export markets to account for projected growth of the Australian blueberry industry.NSW DPI
Agricultural industry engagement strategy in preparation for upcoming FTAs in Europe$180,400The NFF will develop and coordinate overall policy and marketing messages on behalf of agricultural commodity groups/ exporters for the upcoming EU FTA negotiations and in scoping out a future FTA with the UK. To this end, NFF will formalise its relationships with peak EU and UK farming bodies.National Farmers Federation
China-Australia Bluetongue Virus collaboration 2017$137,950Technical collaboration between Australia and China on Bluetongue Virus (BTV) will seek positive outcomes for both countries in the trade of Australian live ruminants and genetic material. Improved market access conditions will advance Australia's international competitiveness and trade with China. This program will seed the professional linkages for ongoing collaboration between the two nations.LiveCorp
Red meat cold chain integrity workshops - China$157,300Delivery of a series of workshops as a training program plus a brief mission report on the visit, key learnings and recommendations for industry and Government on potential future capacity building activities in China.Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd
Mexico - A packaging innovation for sheep carcasses$64,900The Australian Meat Industry Council, in seeking to export frozen sheep carcases to Mexico, has developed an innovative packaging solution backed by a detailed protocol. This package should provide Mexican Authorities confidence that Australian product can be shipped to Mexico and maintain its wholesomeness and integrity. In preliminary meetings with Mexican authorities in May 2017, there appeared to be a positive reception to this innovative solution. The ATMAC funding, if approved, will enable industry to formally present the new methods to Mexico with the view to enabling commercial trial shipments to take place.Australian Meat Industry Corporation

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

ProjectTotal FundingDescriptionRecipient
Breeding seminar$43,203The 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$20,540The 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$300,000Project 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$157,780Collaboration 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$30,000Grant 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$11,000The 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$85,875Enhance 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$75,000Independent 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
Voluntary contribution to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for a review of Viet Nam’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors$140,000This review will assist to clarify the current and potential contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to incomes, nutritious food and trade; take stock of policies currently in place in Viet Nam; and make policy recommendations.Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
China-Australia Joint Framework on Expanding Agricultural Cooperation – Plan of Action (2017-2019) on Implementing Agricultural Products Between the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China Agricultural price volatility and implications of policy responses$250,000A collaborative research project between Australia and China to analyse agricultural price volatility in China’s grain industry.Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences
China-Australia Joint Framework on Expanding Agricultural Cooperation – Plan of Action (2017-2019) on Implementing Agricultural Products Between the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China – Measuring Agricultural Total Factor Productivity in China – Pattern and Drivers$285,000A collaborative research project between Australia and China to analyse the patterns of agricultural productivity in both countries.Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences

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