Media Release

Victoria, get ready to have your say

25 February 2014

Victoria is the next state invited to attend face-to-face meetings with the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce that will give those who know agriculture best a say in realising a strong future for the sector.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, urged Victorians with a keen interest in agriculture to contribute to the White Paper process.

“We want those with a passion for agriculture to come along and share their ideas, enthusiasm and knowledge on how Australia can sustain and grow the sector into the future,” Minister Joyce said.

“Now is your opportunity to share your vision for creating a stronger, more profitable and more sustainable agriculture sector.”

Australia’s agriculture sector is a significant contributor to the Australian economy with our farmers producing around $50 billion worth of food and fibre each year, with annual exports valued at almost $40 billion.

“We want you to tell us your big ideas that will help increase competitiveness, increase farmgate profitability and contribute to the prosperity of our rural and regional communities,” Minister Joyce said.

The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper Taskforce has been travelling this past month, meeting with local farmers and industry representatives. While in Victoria the taskforce will visit Traralgon, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Shepparton and Mildura to consult about the issues paper – the first step in the White Paper development process.

“Roundtable meetings with invited farmers and other agricultural representatives, along with scheduled one-on-one meetings have been organised and I encourage those passionate about making our agricultural industries stronger to take an interest and have a say.

“Our local industry leaders, farmers, and those in sectors connected to the land, like transport and banking, are full of practical ideas which can deliver great returns for Australia and for farmers and now is the time to share them,” Minister Joyce said.

If you would like to make a one-on-one appointment with the taskforce while they are near you, phone 02 6271 6272 or email

Building on our strengths in agriculture is part of the Australian Government’s plan to build a diverse 5-Pillar economy to generate jobs and deliver a stronger, more prosperous economy.

If you are not attending a roundtable or have been unable to make a one-on-one appointment you can still make a submission. To find out how, visit

Submissions are due by 5 pm, 17 April 2014.

Town Roundtable One-on-one
Traralgon 4 March 4 March
Bendigo 5 March 5 March
Warrnambool 7 March 6 March
Shepparton 9 April 9 April
Mildura 10 April 10 April