Traceability Grants Program

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

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.

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.

Round 1

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. Details of the these projects are set out below.

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
Last reviewed: 22 January 2021
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