Media Release

Farmers, grab the chance to have your say on improving supplier and retailer relations

3 September 2014

There are less than two weeks to go to have your say on the draft Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (the Grocery Code) and Improving Commercial Relationships in the Food and Grocery Sector’ discussion paper with submissions accepted until close of business Friday 12 September 2014.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce,  encouraged primary producers to share their views on the draft Code and discussion paper consultation process and its aim to improve relations between suppliers, including producers, and retailers.

“The Coalition is committed to genuinely engaging the farming sector on the supply chain issues affecting them,” Minister Joyce said.

“Feedback from producers and those across our agricultural industries is an important element of this commitment. This is your opportunity to tell us what you want, how you think supplier-retailer relations can be improved and whether a code, be it voluntary or mandatory, will make life any easier and improve outcomes for our agricultural producers.

“While there have been some concerns raised about an imbalance in the relationships between suppliers and supermarkets, the consultation on the draft code and discussion paper is a first step in exploring ways of improving these issues.

“Before the Government decides on a way forward, it is essential we hear from people concerned about the future of our agricultural and retail industries, or who have any ideas or suggestions.

“Relationships along Australia’s food supply chain are vitally important to the success of our primary industries and having your say is an important part to driving this success. I strongly urge you to make your views and ideas known and provide your submission.”

For more details about how to make a submission, visit the Department of Treasury’s website. Public submissions will be available to the public on the Treasury website.