Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) Program

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Please contact:

Scott Turner, Director (Strategic Partnerships)
Phone: 6272 5874
Mobile: 0478 323 862

The ATMAC program is expanding trade in Australian agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors into emerging export markets and/or export markets with high-growth potential. This will be achieved through support for diversification efforts that align with industry priorities.

The program is consistent with the Government’s support for enabling Australian agriculture to become a $100 billion sector by 2030. It provides a mechanism for the Government to enter strategic partnerships, developed jointly with industry, that support trade diversification and expansion and provide direct benefits for the sector.

The program commenced in 2015-16 as a four-year commitment under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, to improve access to premium markets and deliver better farmgate returns. Projects funded under ATMAC have already benefitted a broad range of agricultural sectors by creating market access opportunities for Australian agricultural products and strengthening relationships with key trading partners.

The 2019–20 Federal Budget included a commitment to extend the ATMAC program, with $6 million in administered funding over four years to 2022–23.

A further expansion and modification of the program was announced in 2020-21 as part of the Agri-Business Expansion Initiative (ABEI).

The table below provides detail on available ATMAC grant funding for each year.

Financial year Under the 2019-20 Federal Budget Commitment Under the Agri-Business Expansion Initiative (ABEI) Total grant funding available ($A million)
2019-20 1.5   1.5
2020-21 1.5 4 5.5
2021-22 1.5 12 13.5
2022-23 1.5   1.5

FY 2020-21 grants have been allocated. Detail on these grants is available on the Minister for Agriculture and Nothern Australia website.

Activities eligible for support under ATMAC include, but are not limited to:

  • investments that support trade expansion
  • international marketing and promotion plans
  • research and development
  • training and education
  • information exchange
  • feasibility studies
  • competitor analyses or sector or market analyses
  • export strategy development
  • targeted relationship development
  • influencing the evolution or adoption of international standards and protocols.

Industry associations, including peak bodies and rural research and development corporations are eligible to apply for ATMAC funding. Proposals are required to demonstrate broad support across the relevant industry stakeholders and include a co-contribution, financial and/or in-kind. The nature of the arrangements will vary depending on the sector, export markets and diversification activities being targeted.

Last reviewed: 29 July 2021
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