History

70s, 80s, 90s

Historically the monopoly export marketing organisations – such as Australian Wheat Board and Australian Barley Board – invested considerable resources to influence access arrangements for Australian grains.

The system worked well for the times, with relationships strong and substantial growth in exports resulting.

90s

During the 1990’s a broader government/industry approach was formalised under Market Access Biosecurity Grains Industry Consultative Committee. The structure of this committee reflected the industry structures within export regulation and while industry organisations were represented, there were also companies and statutory bodies in key export roles. Australian grains generally enjoyed access into most markets of relevant commercial interest to exporters.

2000 and beyond

Since export market deregulation from around 2000, there has been limited, if any, coordinated approach by industry to managing market access issues in conjunction with government. During this time, significant structural change has also taken place within the industry, meaning the industry has been unable to influence market access to its best advantage. At the same time there has been a significant increase in the capacity of importing countries in the area of market access regulation.

View Key Outcomes, Strategies and Actions

Market access was one aspect reviewed during the Grain Ministerial TaskForce (GMTF) on Export Certification Reform. As a result a new approach to market access was adopted. This included the development of the Grains Industry Market Access Strategic Plan – and the establishment of the Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF) in mid-2011.

GIMAF will provide a conduit between government and industry that is designed to ensure market access decisions are informed and prioritised in line with overall industry benefit.