The Australian Government is offering new grant funding under the Australian Trade System Support – Cultivating Australia’s Agricultural Traceability – Promoting and Protecting Agriculture measure.
Grant activities undertaken between 2023–2025 will support opportunities to secure value added benefits for agricultural industries, deliver improved traceability outcomes, and provide national leadership.
Activities will also support effective responses to biosecurity outbreaks and changing market and consumer requirements.
The $6 million Regulatory Technology Research and Insights Grants (RegTech Research and Insights grants) round opened for applications on 9 November and closed on 14 December 2022.
Eligibility, compliance, and application assessments will be undertaken for all applications received.
Regulatory technology (RegTech) is the use of technology to better achieve regulatory objectives. It will support agricultural traceability by:
- facilitating and automating data collection
- improving the cost-effectiveness of regulatory activities
- simplifying and streamlining compliance requirements
- lowering barriers to industry entry.
The RegTech Research and Insights grants provide the opportunity to contribute to the development of new proposals to increase the use of RegTech along agricultural supply chains. Research and insights will show how to leverage RegTech to enhance agricultural traceability reforms and support the growth of the agricultural sector.
Outcomes from the grant round include:
- Investigating how RegTech (including, but not limited to, rules as code) can assist in streamlining agricultural compliance obligations.
- Feasibility assessments of traceability RegTech systems (including, but not limited to, rules as code).
- Identifying and assessing standardisable features of traceability RegTech applications, devices and platforms that can be applied across agricultural industries, supply chains and commodities to increase value and expand export market access.
Grant opportunity objectives
The objectives of the RegTech Research and Insights grants are to:
- Identify existing and potential new RegTech traceability applications and developments that can provide solutions for streamlining compliance across agricultural supply chains; and
- Help the adoption of appropriate, cost-effective, and compatible digital traceability systems, to increase regulatory efficiency and reduce the administrative and compliance burdens along the agricultural supply chains.
Intended program benefits
The grants program will:
- Strengthen partnerships across industries and between the research sector and industry, for benefits to Australia’s agricultural production and export trade through more streamlined systems designed to bring value into the future.
- Identify proposed solutions that will demonstrate how to leverage RegTech to enhance agricultural traceability reforms, and support growth of the agricultural sector overall.
For more information on the RegTech Research and Insights grants, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for the Sustainability Reporting Uplift Grant round (Sustainability Reporting grants) closed on 23 February 2023.
There were 59 eligible applications received for projects totalling $22.6 million. This exceeded the $4 million (GST exclusive) available under this round and demonstrates a significant interest across the agricultural community to uplift and develop the sectors data capability to assist in sustainability reporting.
Following the assessment of applications, 11 projects have been approved for funding to share in the $4 million (GST exclusive). Projects must be completed by 30 June 2025.
Successful Projects (to date)
|Recipient||Project title||Project summary|
|Australian Farm Institute Limited
Leading a consortium
|Building traceability in supply chains from farmers to market.||This project is designed to research the opportunities, barriers, and economic benefits to setting characteristics of sustainability data sets, to then test the practical application of this research in a farm-to-market case study in the beef supply chain.|
|Australian Farm Institute Limited||Providing evidence of legislative and regulatory frameworks that support the sustainability status of Australian agriculture.||This project will construct a resource base to provide access to relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks in a format which is transferable to sustainability reporting platforms. This will enable the evidence required to show compliance with social and governance sustainability metrics from legislative and regulatory frameworks.|
|Australian Meat Processor Corporation Ltd
Leading a consortium
|A framework for the future - Refining a trusted data system to enable accurate sustainability disclosure reporting for cross-commodity market access||This project will develop a data framework to deliver streamlined and cost-effective sustainability reporting to the beef and sheep sustainability frameworks and for emerging export markets requirements to improve transparency across supply chains and be proactive to changing market demands.|
|Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)||Developing an interactive tool to assist the participation and implementation of traceability systems||This project will develop a digital self-assessment tool for traceability and sustainability data, test this tool with 2 commodities, and capture the traceability and sustainability data to provide meaningful insights to both agribusinesses and government agencies.|
|Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Leading a consortium
|Responsible fisheries and aquaculture - Activating a comprehensive ESG reporting data system to uplift sustainability traceability.||This project activates CSIROs Healthcheck ESG Fishing & Aquaculture data system to identify data gaps, and prioritise and collect essential indicators to allow for comprehensive ESG reporting.|
|Cotton Research and Development Corporation
Leading a consortium
|Better Sustainability Reporting. Better information and better decisions - a proof of concept for Australian agriculture.||This project will cut through the complexity and inconsistency of global sustainability frameworks to provide a proof of concept for pragmatic and robust sustainability data collection and reporting that is appropriate for Australian cotton and meets customer expectations.|
|Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited
Leading a consortium
|Emerging trends on Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) in the Horticulture sector.||This project will identify and assess the impact of international sustainability standards on the Australian horticultural industry to reduce the complexity surrounding various global policies and develop a clear understanding of how Australian export competitiveness can be enhanced.|
|La Trobe University
Leading a consortium
|Harnessing soil microbial traits to benchmark soil health for sustainability reporting.||This project will identify the minimal set of soil microbial traits needed for soil health classification and the barriers to adoption through stakeholder consultations. Case studies on farms will be carried out to demonstrate the use of traits for setting soil health standards.|
|Meat & Livestock Australia Limited||Determination of a method to measure and track of the health and welfare status of livestock before, during and after road transport in Australia.||This project will determine the most appropriate method for reporting and tracking animal welfare status at key points along the road transport chain. Benchmarking animal welfare status will set a baseline for industry standards and enable data reporting to beef and sheep sustainability frameworks.|
|Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation
Leading a consortium
|Australian National Life Cycle Inventory Database (AusLCI) - equipping Australian agriculture with sustainability metrics||This project will uplift existing life cycle inventory to capture on-farm improvements, add new agricultural products and key post-farm processes used for life cycle assessments underpinning national and international sustainability schemes.|
|The University of Queensland
Leading a consortium
|Ecological Traceability as a Public Commons - New Models of Indigenous Supply Chain Data Governance.||This project will facilitate the creation of a scalable cooperative-anchored Indigenous data governance framework within an agricultural context. The data governance framework will be applied to Indigenous supply chains, focussing on data gaps about cultural knowledge embedded in products and processes.|
The Sustainability Reporting grants will help build the agriculture sector’s data capabilities to meet emerging international requirements and industry standards and support development of consistent sustainability frameworks. Successful projects will support the agriculture sector through consistent collection, measurement and reporting of data to make it easier to demonstrate sustainable practices to meet increasing expectations from international markets and consumers.
Grant opportunity objectives
The objectives of Sustainability Reporting grants are to:
- Identify and test approaches to address known data gaps across the agriculture sector to support reporting against sustainability frameworks and emerging international requirements and standards.
- Identify the core cross-commodity data points and indicators required to verify the agriculture sector’s sustainability credentials and quantify the potential economic benefits.
- Facilitate information sharing and ongoing engagement across supply chains to promote transparency in response to changing consumer and market demand.
Intended program benefits
The benefits to uplifting the agriculture sector’s data capabilities to report against existing sustainability frameworks and meet emerging international requirements and standards include:
- Identifying the best method to address known data gaps.
- Identifying critical cross-commodity data points or indicators requiring standardisation.
- Being proactive to emerging market access requirements and consumer trends to realise value added opportunities and address export risks.
- Creating transparency in supply chains and providing ongoing evidence for market access and economic growth for farmers, regions, and industry overall.
For more information on the Sustainability Reporting grants, please email email@example.com
Grants prior to 2020
Two grant rounds provided 30 successful applications access to $7 million (GST exclusive) over 4 years, 2019-20 to 2022-23 announced under the Modernising Agricultural Trade initiative. Funding for these projects will be completed by 30 June 2023.
Grant projects typically involve embedding technology and innovation into our agricultural supply chain traceability systems. For example, the development and trialling of technologies that digitise information flow.
This grants program builds on the work that developed the National Traceability Framework over stages 1 and 2.
The Australian Government Community Grants Hub administers this program on behalf of the department. More information about the Traceability Grants Program – Rounds 1 and 2 can be found below.
Applications for Round 1 closed on 21 February 2020. 168 applications were received for projects totalling $90 million. This exceeded the $4 million (GST exclusive) available under Round 1 of the program.
Following the assessment of applications, 16 projects were approved for funding under Round 1.
Applications for Round 2 of the Traceability Grants Program closed on 21 January 2021. $3 million (GST exclusive) is available under Round 2 of the program for projects that will enhance supply chain traceability systems, and arrangements to support the export of Australia’s agricultural commodities. Projects funded under this program must be completed by 30 June 2023.
Fourteen projects will be funded under Round 2.
- Support industry projects that will enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems. This includes developing and trialling technologies that digitise information flow.
- Provide an advantage for our exporters in overseas markets that will assist them to maintain their competitive edge.
- Increase opportunities to export Australian commodities.
Intended program outcomes
- Broad enhancement of the traceability systems that support our agricultural export supply chains, through projects with measurable outcomes.
- Exporters are able to use the enhancement of our traceability systems to assist in maintaining their competitive edge in export markets.
- More farmers, producers and processors consider exporting, especially those involved in exporting high risk commodities.
- Traceability system enhancements are cost effective because they use existing systems and technologies where possible.
The program builds on the National Traceability Project.
The program will run over 4 years from 2019-20 to 2022 23. Funding under will be available in 2 grant rounds, with $4 million (GST Exclusive) available in Round 1 (closed in 2019-20) and $3 million (GST Exclusive) in Round 2 (closed on 21 January 2021). Projects funded under Round 1 include embedding technology and innovation in our agricultural supply chain traceability systems, such as the development and trialling of technologies that digitise information flow.
Fast and accurate traceability systems across our supply chains are critical for our agricultural exports to gain and maintain a competitive edge in overseas markets, and to help move us towards our goal of $100 billon in agricultural sector returns by 2030.
Traceability is the ability to follow the movement of a product through stages of production, processing and distribution (ISO 22005:2007). Australia’s agricultural traceability systems include all government regulation and industry arrangements that enable tracing of agricultural production and products, back and forward along entire supply chains (ie participants should be able to trace one step forward and one step back at each step in the supply chain).
Traceability is important because consumers and trading partners want to know more about the products they buy including information on:
- food safety
- animal and plant pest and disease status
- social matters such as sustainability and animal welfare practices.
Effective traceability improves competitiveness and provides assurance for customers. Many Australian agricultural producers and exporters already realise the commercial benefits of enhancing traceability.
|Project title||Summary||Lead recipient|
|Enhancing horticultural supply chain traceability and digital promotion of Australian horticultural products in overseas markets.||The development of an operational cloud-based system with one management application and one end-user application focussed on the traceability of Australian fruit marketed to China.||University of Tasmania|
|Enable adoption of an end to end traceability system with a pilot focus on high risk horticulture in domestic and export markets.||A pilot of an end to end traceability system – tracing high-risk, horticultural products from paddock to plate using technology.||Freshchain Systems Pty Ltd|
|Indigenous Food Traceability System Transfer, apply and trial of FBK FoodTrakR Digital Farming Platform for Food Authentication, Provenance and Social Matters.||The development of a digital farming platform to trace indigenous foods throughout the supply chain to assist with provenance claims and social matters concerning indigenous culture.||Withdrawn|
|National pilot traceability project for plant industries||Engaging with the plant industry to prepare an inventory of the existing management of plant produce in supply chains. Conduct a desktop review of how other countries manage plant produce through supply chains, with the aim of identifying a system suitable for consideration by industry and government for adoption in Australia. Conduct a pilot plant industry traceability project.||Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (previously Western Australian Agriculture Authority)|
|Review of traceability systems across the Australian wool and sheep industry supply chains.||The review and supply chain mapping of traceability systems across the Australian wool and sheep industry supply chains.||Woolproducers Australia Limited|
|On-the-ground traceability for the seafood supply chain using handheld x-ray fluorescence technology.||The development of a portable method for determining seafood provenance using a handheld X-ray fluorescence scanner, usable with minimal training.||Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation|
|Improving international competitiveness of the Australian Table Grape export supply chain.||The trial of data logging technology to trace table grape shipments through the supply chain.||AND Fresh Pty Ltd|
|Oz Group Punnet and Tray Traceability Project||The installation of printing and labelling equipment that will enable products to be traced back to the farm level/growers.||OZ Group Co-op Limited|
|Traceability Systems Chooser||The development of an interactive decision support tool to assist agriculture, fishing and aquaculture producers identify what traceability system is the best fit for their business.||Honey & Fox Pty Ltd|
|Pilot study into the use of electronic Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) readers in small-stock processing||A pilot study into the use of electronic Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) across a number of sheep and goat processors.||Australian Meat Industry Council|
|Assessing commercial traceability solutions for their suitability and adoption along fresh produce export chains using melon industry as a pilot.||The trial of technology to trace fresh produce through export supply chains, with the melon industry used as a pilot.||Australian Melon Association Inc.|
|TruckTracker by Direct Livestock||The development of an App to enable real time tracking of animals from the farm to their destination, and providing access to information concerning those animals to entities within the supply chain who require it.||Direct Livestock Pty Ltd|
|Delivering quality assured Australian Honey Bee Products||The development of a strategy to characterise pure honey bee products for biological identification, develop a batch numbering system that aligns to current quality assurance processes, track, trace and inform the industry of anti-counterfeiting packaging strategies to assure customers of provenance.||B-QUAL Australia Pty Limited|
|To help fund a study to establish whether trace mineral/isotope analysis can reliably distinguish a cider made with 100% Australian grown apple and pear juice from a cider containing imported juice or juice concentrate.||A study to test whether the authenticity of cider made with Australian juice can be confirmed though a chemical 'finger print' (trace mineral/isotope analysis).||Cider Australia|
|Technology roadmap for automating export compliance for Australian Agrifood.||The integration of regulatory compliance into 3rd party digital tracing platforms.||Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation|
|Improving traceability in the Australian Egg industry through the provision of software tools and targeted extension.||Improving traceability in the Australian egg industry though the provision of software tools and extension materials (training and communications etc.) to improve the effectiveness of traceability.||Australian Eggs Limited|
|Project title||Summary||Lead recipient|
|Australian seafood traceability project||To develop and release a digital/physical experience that allows overseas consumers to verify provenance and authenticity for traceable Australian seafood products.||Seafood Industry Australia Limited|
|Tracebase DNA for timber||Development of a reliable database to collect, store, analyse, and classify data relating to timber DNA as a means of verifying type and origin of timber.||Interpredata Pty Ltd|
|Seed and Plant Traceability Platform and Framework||Creation of a traceability platform and framework for Australian seeds industry, including digitisation of certifications information.||Australian Seeds Authority Limited|
|Accelerate adoption of modern supply chain traceability solutions by vegetable producers of low, medium, and high-risk vegetable export crops||Supply chain mapping of fresh vegetable export crops to accelerate the adoption of modern supply chain traceability solutions across the vegetable industry.||Ausveg Ltd|
|Indigenous Certification and Bushfood Traceability and Provenance Project||This project will develop a framework combining two leading technologies in provenance and traceability within an auditable certification system for Indigenous native food producers.||Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation|
|Robust Digital Technology for End-to-End Traceability in Australian Grain Export Supply Chain||This project will address this critical knowledge gap by studying and developing: 1) a trusted blockchain-based traceability technology, and 2) relevant food safety assessment techniques from physical visual and organic chemical traits.||Federation University Australia|
|Cross-sector Operational Biosecurity Risk Assessment (COBRA)||Development of a real-time, data driven approach to assessing biosecurity risk, the project will enable biosecurity data from across supply chains to be shared and analysed in new ways to improve our ability to detect and manage emerging risks sooner.||Exoflare Pty Ltd|
|Australian wine traceability - Isotopic fingerprinting to define provenance and authenticity||This project aims to develop a robust traceability tool to isotopically fingerprint Australian premium shiraz.||University of Melbourne|
|Macropod data harvesting application||Development of an app to record real-time harvesting data of macropods from point of origin to a processing facility and to allow for provenance and traceability to grow a robust international export market.||Western Game Processing Pty Ltd|
|Sensor-based livestock traceability||Development of a sensor-based livestock traceability system - linking emerging on-animal tracking technologies with meat quality and marketability outcomes.||Central Queensland University|
|Australian wool industry supply chain traceability||Implementation of a supply chain traceability system for the Australian wool industry benefiting information flow, logistics efficiencies, provenance, biosecurity, animal welfare & sustainability, adding value & improving the industry's competitive edge.||Australian Wool Exchange Limited|
|Dried fruits real time traceability system||Creating real-time traceability in the Australian dried fruits supply chain to improve export market Maximum Residue Limit compliance.||Dried Fruits Australia Inc.|
|Hide and leather traceability system||Installation of the hide and leather industry's first traceability system and sharing of IP across the industry||Australian Hide Skin & Leather Exporters’ Association Inc.|
|LIVEXCollect electronic application||Development of a smart device application to replace the current computer-based mechanism and fully digitise livestock health and welfare data collection. This advancement would enable the introduction of further measurements and information with a stronger traceability, commercial and trade focus.||Australian Livestock Export Corporation Ltd|