Seminars to help farmers understand GI objections process

23 September 2019

(Issued by Department of Agriculture)

The Department of Agriculture is holding seminars to explain the European Union’s proposal to protect regional food names based on their origin—such as Feta or Gruyere—known as geographical indications (GIs).

Protection of GIs is being proposed by the European Union (EU) in current Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Australia.

Producers of wine, olives, animal products, plant products, brandy and spirits, and cheese are especially encouraged to attend the seminars to find out how they can object to a GI.

The next seminar will be in Hobart on Monday, 23 September 2019.

The feedback from these seminars will help the government in its discussions with the EU on why its requested protection of certain terms will impact Australian farmers and businesses.

Producers are encouraged to provide as much information as they can so that the department can fully represent them in negotiations with the EU.

If a producer is unable to attend a seminar they can make a submission via the department website or they can email

For more information visit Free trade agreements signed or concluded (but not yet in force).

Departmental seminars will be held:

Date Location Venue
23 September 2019 Hobart, 10:30 am Rydges Hobart
27 September 2019 Nowra, 10:00 am Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
24 October 2019 Singleton 9:30 am Club Singleton
25 October 2019 Coffs Harbour 10:00 am Opal Cove Resort
TBC Toowoomba TBC
TBC Cairns TBC