Programme 1.7: Grains industry
Programme objectiveThis programme’s objective in 2014–15 was to:
- foster and enable a productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable Australian grains industry.
We advise the government on grains industry issues to support continued development and improved market conditions for Australian grains exporters. This includes liaising with industry and other stakeholders. In 2014–15, our key responsibilities included completing the implementation of the government’s wheat export reforms.
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|Key performance indicator||2014–15 target||Performance|
|Effective policies, programmes and regulations that contribute to enhanced productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability||Accurate and timely advice provided||Met||Met||Met|
|Engage with domestic and international stakeholders on wool issues||5 meetings||Met||Met||Met|
|Develop port access code of conduct before 1 October 2014||100% a||Met||–||–|
|All levy funds paid to Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)||100%||Met||Met||Met|
|Timely and effective engagement with GRDC to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and to discuss industry activities, with meetings no more than eight months apart||2 meetings||Met||Met||Met|
|Underpinning research, advice, forecast, projects, products and data services meet stakeholder expectations and are delivered within agreed timelines||85% b||Met||Met||Met|
a New performance indicator. b Client satisfaction as measured by an annual survey of ABARES clients.
Completing wheat export marketing reforms
On 1 October 2014, the Competition and Consumer (Industry Code—Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat)) Regulation 2014 came into effect.
The Mandatory Port Access Code of Conduct for Grain Export Terminals replaces existing arrangements and helps exporters of bulk wheat access port terminal services on a fair and transparent basis, regardless of who owns the terminal.
The introduction of the code of conduct marked the end of a reform programme that involved extensive, industry-wide consultation. To ensure the reforms were supported by industry, and were implemented within the required timeframes, we completed all consultation and had a code of conduct in place by 30 September 2014.
Research and development partnerships
We worked with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to strengthen governance arrangements and to develop sustainable, effective research and development investment strategies for the grains industry.
Following on from 2013–14 amendments to the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989, we negotiated a new statutory funding agreement with the GRDC for 2015–2019. The agreement is part of a consistent framework for the government’s relationship with all statutory and industry-owned research and development corporations. We also worked with the GRDC to help it meet its statutory and contractual obligations for 2014–15.
During the year, we provided advice on an industry-led proposal to change the GRDC’s governance arrangements from a statutory authority to an industry-owned company.