​Media Release

Have your say on sugar Code of Conduct

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud
Member for Capricoria, Michelle Landry
Member for Dawson, George Christensen

4 July 2018

  • Review of the sugar Code of Conduct begins today
  • Sugar cane growers, millers, marketers and the community encouraged to make submissions
  • The Code was introduced in 2017 to regulate the conduct of growers, millers and marketers.

The sugar industry and community stakeholders are encouraged to have their say as part of the government's review of the sugar Code of Conduct from today.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said it was logical to review whether the Code of Conduct was providing certainty and stability for the sugar industry.

"I understand there are a range of views on the effect the Code has had on the industry," Minister Littleproud said.

"We want to hear from all players along the supply chain to get a clear picture of how the Code is working."

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said those interested in making a written submission have six weeks to do so.

"It's important everyone gets their say on this important reform, so they need to get in and do it before it's too late.

"Face-to-face meetings will also take place and I really encourage as many cane growers, millers and marketers as possible to have their say," Ms Landry said.

Member for Dawson George Christensen said the Code was put in place in 2017 to regulate the conduct of growers, mill owners and marketers.

"We introduced the code to make sure that our canegrowers would be able to negotiate contracts with mills and marketers in a fair environment and to give growers choice in marketers," Mr Christensen said.

"The Coalition introduced the Code to take a stand for hard-working canegrowers and to make sure they are guarded against the power imbalances in the sugar supply chain."

The review will examine the Code in accordance with its terms of reference and provide advice to the government before the end of the year. Submissions close 5:00pm (AEST) Wednesday 22 August 2018.

For more information about the Code review visit https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/sugar-code-of-conduct-review.

Fast Facts:

  • The terms of reference released for public consultation week of 1 July 2018
  • Submissions open the week of 1 July 2018 and close 22 August 2018
  • Targeted consultation will be undertaken in September 2018
  • The final report will be delivered to government by the end of 2018​