Media Release

New funding to open doors to overseas markets

4 March 2016

The Coalition Government has delivered another Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper commitment, with the introduction of the $3.1 million Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the ATMAC programme provides grant funding for projects that help to open, improve and maintain access to markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations.

"Trading partners see cooperation activities as an integral part of maintaining relationships, which can lead to gains in access to markets and greater returns at the farmgate," Minister Joyce said.

"Through ATMAC, we are opening the door to new trade opportunities, breaking down technical barriers to trade and working to increase returns to our farmers and food producers.

"The programme will fund cooperation activities including research and development projects, training programmes, delegation visits and attendance at conferences or workshops.

"These can promote good biosecurity risk management practices, influence regional and international policy-making, and help Australia's agriculture sector to realise export opportunities.

"Applications will be assessed on their own merit against approved grant programme guidelines and identified funding priorities.

"In 2015-16, priority will be given to projects that help realise the significant market access opportunities for Australian exporters under the free trade agreements secured by the Coalition Government, and contribute to the negotiation of protocols for new and improved technical market access.

"Anyone with an ABN is able to apply, including industry bodies and associations, education and research institutions, government agencies, consultants, companies and individuals.

"Companies and industries looking to contribute to opening or improving access to premium markets are encouraged to find out more and to apply."

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis to 31 December 2018, while funding is available. To find out more or to submit an application, visit agriculture.gov.au/atmac or phone 1800 868 175.

To find out more about the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and its key measures, visit agwhitepaper.agriculture.gov.au