Traceability Grants Program

The Traceability Grants Program was announced under the Modernising Agricultural Trade initiative and will run over two rounds from 2019-20 to 2022‑23.

More information about the program can be found on the Community Grants Hub website. The Australian Government Community Grants Hub administers this program on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Applications for Round 1 and 2

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.

Program objectives

  • 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 four years from 2019-20 to 2022‑23. Funding under will be available in two 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
  • provenance
  • authenticity
  • 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.

Round 1 successful projects

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

Round 2 successful projects

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
Last reviewed: 7 April 2021
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