Global Agriculture Advocacy

The Australian Government is investing $15 million over four years under the Supporting Trade – representation and promotion of Australia’s interests in international fora and standard setting bodies measure to step up Australia’s leadership in international agriculture and food policy discussions.

Increased, focussed effort will enhance Australia’s global reputation and leadership on agricultural trade, strengthen relationships with our trading partners, and increase and diversify market access for Australian products.

Key elements of the measure include a new international agriculture envoy - dedicated to protecting and promoting Australia’s international interests - and enhanced Australian engagement in key international agriculture and food standards organisations.

International Agriculture Envoy

Australian agriculture interests are impacted significantly by international developments, including global policy debates on issues such as agriculture sustainability, anti-microbial resistance and animal welfare. Globally agreed animal, plant and food health standards also underpin Australia’s agriculture trade.

To enhance our already significant efforts to shape this environment, the Government will appoint an international agriculture envoy. This envoywill provide a visible face for our efforts to support the rules base order of global co-operation – a key factor in growing Australian agriculture trade.

The envoy will advocate for Australian agricultural industries and promote Australia’s systems to influence global norms through multilateral and bilateral means. This will strengthen our engagement at a time where trade in agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges.

Enhanced engagement in standards organisations

International standards, using science-based decision making, are the cornerstone of international production and trade. Australia already invests significant time and resources to influence and develop international standards that represent Australia’s interest and allow agricultural industries to operate with confidence.

This initiative will boost Australian expertise and input to key standard setting bodies, including Codex, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

Last reviewed: 18 May 2021
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