The Australian Government is investing $68.4 million into Australia’s agricultural traceability systems. This investment builds upon the already strong traceability frameworks in place, especially around food safety, provenance and biosecurity.
Working with industry and states and territories, the department supports the development of a national approach to improve traceability in agricultural supply chains.
Traceability approaches and systems will clearly continue to show consumers and countries we export to, that our products are safe, clean, and sustainable from paddock to plate, which will drive our access to premium overseas markets.
Traceability is the ability to follow the movement of a product through stages of production, processing and distribution (ISO 2007).
Australia’s agricultural traceability systems include all government regulation and industry arrangements that enable tracking and tracing of agricultural commodities along entire supply chains.
At each step in the supply chain, participants should be able to trace one step forward and one step back.
National Traceability Summit
In 2021, we spoke with farmers, producers, agribusiness owners, exporters, researchers, innovators, grantees and many more. They shared their views on what the future of traceability could look like and the challenges they currently face.
In April 2022, we held our first National Traceability Summit.
Producers, exporters, researchers, government, and industry all coming together to take stock of the agricultural traceability work already underway and to co-design the pathway forward to becoming a world-class leader in traceability.
The National Traceability Summit will be an engagement opportunity of many to ensure all partners’ voices are heard and turned into traceability action.
Agricultural Traceability Alliance
The Agricultural Traceability Alliance is a coalition of partners, who have an invested interest in national agricultural traceability and to accelerate Australia’s journey in exceeding $100 billion of farmgate output by 2030 and beyond.
The Alliance aims to ensure strong industry and cross-jurisdictional engagement and provide the right foundations for traceability initiatives to be successful.
They will also translate policy into practice across the entire agricultural supply chain.
National Agricultural Traceability Hub
The department is developing a centralised mechanism for industry groups, research bodies, state and territory bodies and government to collaboratively develop and drive successful traceability initiatives.
The Hub will support the coalition of stakeholders to be connected and to stay aligned with each other.
It will help dissolve barriers so all parties can share in the building, the operating, and the outcomes of an interoperable world-class traceability ecosystem along all supply chains.
Agricultural Traceability Grants
Two grant rounds provided 30 successful applications access to $7 million (GST exclusive) over 4 years, 2019-20 to 2022‑23. Projects funded under the program must be completed by 30 June 2023.
Successful grant applications 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.
Work prior to 2020
National Traceability Framework (2019)
The National Traceability Framework is a tool to guide Australian agricultural industries and food producers, governments, and related businesses in enhancing our traceability systems and promoting ‘brand Australia’ in our international markets.
The framework sets out:
- a common vision
- principles for traceability systems
- roles and responsibilities of industries, governments, and other stakeholders
- suggestions for developing an industry action plan to implement the framework
- traceability objectives and measures of success.
It is the result of extensive collaboration between Australian agricultural industries and the Australian Government. Developed by the Agriculture Senior Officials Committee (AGSOC), the National Traceability Project marks the strong industry-government partnership that continues to be critical and vital to the successful implementation of modern, accurate and timely traceability systems for the Australian agricultural industry and economy.
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