National Traceability Summit gets underway

7 April 2022
  • National Traceability Summit starts today and will be held over four days.
  • The Summit is bringing together producers, exporters, researchers, government, and industry with over 310 participants registered.
  • Is part of the Australian Government’s $68.4 million investment to step up agricultural traceability

Producers, exporters, researchers, government, and industry have come together virtually today for the National Traceability Summit.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the summit being held over 7 to 8 and 11 to 12 April provides an important launchpad for driving a national approach to agricultural traceability.

“Traceability is key to maintaining our international reputation and securing international market premiums for Australian producers,” Minister Littleproud said.

“It’s how we can guarantee to our buyers that they’re getting clean, green, sustainable produce.

“This summit is an important opportunity to take stock of the great work already underway in the traceability space and to map out the pathway forward to work together to make Australia a world leader in traceability.

“And it’s bringing the industry together to share ideas and map out how we can work together to maximise the value to Australian agricultural to the benefit of Australian producers.

“Traceability pays off. Australia could unlock between $400 million and $1 billion of additional value across the industry if traceability can demonstrate provenance, sustainability, or organics.

“We know Australia has some of the best produce in the world. A national approach to traceability and transparency at every step in the supply chain means we can make sure the rest of the world knows this too.”

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Fast Facts:

  • The Government’s funding will support a range of initiatives including:
    • An Agricultural Traceability Alliance (a coalition of stakeholders across government and industry) 
    • A virtual hub to keep industry up to date with consumer trends, develop national standards and take advantage of new technologies
  • Grants to incentivise industry innovation and generate value across all our primary industries. 
  • Harmonisation of traceability frameworks and regulatory technology could save businesses $225-$325 million per year by reducing staffing and streamlining paper processes.
  • Enhancements to improve the speed and accuracy of traceability could reduce the economic impact of a biosecurity outbreak by 78-89 percent over ten years, saving $15-$17 billion.