The Australian Government is investing $72.7 million to help Australian agribusinesses expand their export markets through the Agri-Business Expansion Initiative (ABEI). Announced on 23 December 2020, ABEI is part of a long-term strategy and commitment by the government to help achieve sustainable growth and resilience in our agribusiness exports.
ABEI is jointly delivered by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Austrade, in close collaboration with industry. Key elements of the initiative overseen by the department include matched grants for government and industry associations to work together on market expansion, boosted in-country engagement activities, accelerated work on technical market access and greater collection and delivery of market intelligence to exporters. Through ABEI, Austrade is delivering scaled up support to over 2,000 agri-food exporters each year.
- The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) program has been expanded and modified to enable the government to develop strategic partnerships with industry to support trade expansion and diversification.
- Potential grants will be assessed by an industry-government panel, with those sectors most affected by trade disruptions targeted for assistance.
- Eligible activities for ATMAC funding include investments that support trade expansion, international marketing and promotion plans, research and development, training and education, information exchange, feasibility studies, competitor analyses or sector or market analyses, export strategy development, targeted relationship development, capital works that support improved market diversification, and influencing the evolution or adoption of international standards and protocols.
- Industry associations including peak bodies and Rural Research and Development Corporations are eligible to apply for ATMAC funding. Proposals are required to demonstrate broad support across the relevant industry stakeholders and include a co-contribution, financial and/or in-kind. The nature of the arrangements will vary depending on the sector, export markets and diversification activities being targeted.
- For detail on ATMAC available funding for each year, please refer to the ATMAC website.
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- ABEI has enabled the deployment of three short-term Agriculture Counsellors to rapidly build targeted relationships and ensure a sharp focus on actions necessary to grow agricultural exports. Our new Counsellors deployed to the United States, Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea complement our existing network of 22 Overseas Agriculture Counsellors.
- These short-term Agriculture Counsellors will enable technical market access wins by managing government and industry relationships, ensuring targeted technical inputs, reporting market intelligence, and navigating sensitivities around market access requests. The Counsellors will also complement the technical analysis and negotiations undertaken by Canberra-based scientists and policy negotiators.
- The new short-term Agriculture Counsellors were deployed through collaboration with industry who helped to identify market access priorities with the greatest commercial prospects.
- For more information on our network of Overseas Agriculture Counsellors visit Our Agriculture Counsellors.
- ABEI is enabling acceleration of the negotiation of technical agreements by boosting our scientific and technical capacity.
- This will help to progress market access priorities, reducing the time required to negotiate new and improved access for Australian producers.
- The negotiation of technical access conditions to address food safety, animal health and biosecurity protocols, is a pre-requisite for international trade. This will ensure that Australian agricultural producers have favourable access to overseas markets.
- We are mobilising Australia’s scientific expertise to undertake technical cooperation activities with our trading partners. These activities will help to overcome technical constraints that currently impede mutually beneficial two-way trade.
- This includes technical partnerships that share Australia’s expertise, such as hosting and funding technical forums and engaging specialist consultants, which help build relationships between Australia and our trading partners and improves outcomes for both countries.
- ABEI is boosting the department’s capacity to give exporters the information they need to grow their exports.
- Access to timely in-market intelligence is essential to support export growth, particularly in new markets where Australian businesses do not have existing relationships.
- Automated collection, processing and analysis of market information is enabling us to create more informative intelligence products in shorter timeframes. The following infographics detail agriculture, fisheries and forestry trade highlights from the first quarter of 2021.
October 2021 agricultural, fisheries and forestry trade highlights
|November 2021 – Citrus snapshot PDF||1||169 KB|
|November 2021 – Citrus snapshot DOCX||2||100 KB|
|October 2021 – Almond snapshot PDF||1||78 KB|
|October 2021 – Almond snapshot DOCX||3||100 KB|
|October 2021 – Taiwan snapshot PDF||1||97 KB|
|October 2021 – Taiwan snapshot DOCX||2||109 KB|
|Q2 – Commodity overview PDF||1||174 KB|
|Q2 – Commodity overview DOCX||2||114 KB|
|Q2 – Impact of COVID-19 August update PDF||1||235 KB|
|Q2 – Impact of COVID-19 August update DOCX||2||95 KB|
|Q2 – Sea freight and air freight disruptions and outlook PDF||1||207 KB|
|Q2 – Sea freight and air freight disruptions and outlook DOCX||2||99 KB|
|Q2 – Barley snapshot PDF||1||203 KB|
|Q2 – Barley snapshot DOCX||2||122 KB|
|Q2 – Wine snapshot PDF||1||171 KB|
|Q2 – Wine snapshot DOCX||2||98 KB|
|Q1 – Agricultural, fisheries and forestry trade highlights pack PDF||5||698 KB|
|Q1 – Agricultural, fisheries and forestry trade highlights pack DOCX||10||256 KB|
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We are also collaborating with Austrade to disseminate market intelligence on the Austrade Insights platform. Recent articles include:
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- Hatching opportunities for Australian egg and hatchling exporters to Korea
- Korea shows strong appetite for premium Australian produce
- New opportunities for edible tallow exports to Mexico
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