Our Submissions

GrainGrowers takes an active role in representing its members on the national and international stage.

We regularly make submissions to high level enquries to ensure grain producers get the best outcome possible.

Grain Trade Australia 2018/19 Standards Review - Second Round submission

GrainGrowers outlines improvements required to the GTA Standards.  Key issues discussed by GrainGrowers include: (1) standards database and statement of standards; (2) snail tolerance in barley; (3) feed barley name change; (4) nil contaminants; (5) moisture tolerance in Tasmania; (6) manual vacuum sampling; and (7) defective tolerance in faba beans.

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SUBMISSION to pulse australia standard review: defective tolerances in faba beans

GrainGrowers outlines that the current faba bean receival standards unfairly penalise farmers.  We recommend that Pulse Australia amend the Defective Tolerances applied to No.1 Domestic faba beans to be more consistent with the other faba bean standards.

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Submission to Treasury - Australian Consumer Law Review

GrainGrowers is recommending better protections for farmers under the Australian Consumer Law. This includes an increase in the dollar value of goods which are covered under ACL, changes to (extended) warranties to include operating hour rather than a fixed time period, and a recognition that a number of minor failures should automatically constitute a major failure. This will give more farmers better protections, and where necessary remedies, for the goods they purchase.

Submission to TPP-11 JSCOT Inquiry

 GrainGrowers welcomed the current Joint Standing Committee on Treaties inquiry into the TPP-11 agreement, saying that the TPP-11 was a positive step and will help boost prices for Australian grain growers.  GrainGrowers Trade and Economics Manager, Luke Mathews, said that the overwhelming benefits of the TPP-11 for the Australian grains industry meant that its ratification by the Australian parliament would be warmly welcomed by the industry. 

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GrainGrowers’ submission to the GTA Standards Committee – 2018/19 Standards

GrainGrowers welcomes the opportunity  to contribute to the Grain Trade Australia (GTA) 2018/19 Standards.  GrainGrowers recognises the need for Trading Standards reflect the requirements of domestic and export markets, and as such does not oppose the proposal to

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 GrainGrowers’ submission regarding the GTA Technical Guideline Document on Sampling

GrainGrowers welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the GTA Technical Guidelines Document (TGD) on Sampling.  GrainGrowers members have reported a significant variation in grain sample discrepancies across many receival sites in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. In particular, there is reported to be significant discrepancy in samples collected by (primarily manual) vacuum sampling probes.   Unrepresentative sampling imposes significant financial costs on grain growers and the has negative impacts on the broader Australian grain supply chain.  GrainGrowers has recommended a number of actions be taken by Grain Trade Australia to ensure that representative samples are collected at grower receival sites.

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GrainGrowers’ submission to the Draft Plant Export Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2017-18

GrainGrowers encourages the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to ensure the efficiency of its internal operations, given any charges imposed on industry directly impact the international competitiveness of Australian grain exports. GrainGrowers reiterates the cost structure should minimise costs to the Australian grains industry while fostering competition and encouraging new entrants with innovative business models.

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GrainGrowers’ submission on the APVMA’s proposed approach to spray drift management

GrainGrowers supports the need for reasonable buffer zones, clearer label instructions and the use of spray drift reducing technologies and tools but encourages the APVMA to review its modelling and deposition curves when determining buffer zones to address industry concerns.  

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GrainGrowers response to the Discussion Paper on the GRDC 2018-2023 Research, Development and Extension Plan

GrainGrowers supports enduring profitability as the key driver of the GRDC strategic plan, and the associated investment in the five identified priority areas - yield, price, on-farm and post farm-gate cost and risk.  With close to $1 billion to be invested in grains RD&E through the GRDC over the next five years, growers require the plan to include clear measures to benchmark, track and publicly report on progress to all levy payers.

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GrainGrowers submission on proposed amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001

GrainGrowers seeks a subcategory of regulations for plant breeding that exclude certain new technologies from regulation, based on the outcomes they would produce, to enable plant breeding sciences to advance quickly. 

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GRAINGROWERS RESPONSE TO THE WHEAT PORTS CODE REVIEW ISSUES PAPER

GrainGrowers believes that the Port Terminal Access Code (the Code) is necessary to support fair and transparent access to port terminal services and should be retained. It must continue to be a mandatory code.

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GRAINGROWERS response to the nhvr issues paper

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GRAINGROWERS Submission to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation

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GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION TO THE REVIEW OF THE GENE TECHNOLOGY SCHEME

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GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION TO THE INQUIRY INTO NATIONAL FREIGHT AND SUPPLY CHAIN PRIORITIES 

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GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION ON THE INDEPENDENT PRICING OF HEAVY VEHICLES DISCUSSION PAPER

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GRAINGROWERS CALLS FOR IMPROVED ACCESS FOR FEED GRAINS INTO INDONESIA

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GRAINGROWERS REPORT REGARDING THE INDONESIAN MARKET FOR AUSTRALIAN GRAINS

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GRAINGROWERS RESPONSE TO THE STATEMENT OF ISSUES RE: AGT PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF INTERGRAIN

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GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK (NBN)

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GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION ON 2017/18 GTA TRADING STANDARDS REVIEW

Read our submission. Read the letter from the Chairman of the Agricultural Contractors Association of Tasmania here.

GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION INTO THE OPERATION, EFFECTIVENESS, AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE PUBLIC GOVERNANCE, PERFORMANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY (LOCATION OF CORPORATE COMMONWEALTH ENTITIES) ORDER 2016

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GRAINGROWERS LETTER TO THE ACCC ON THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF INTERGRAIN PTY LTD BY AUSTRALIAN GRAIN TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD (AGT)

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GRAINGROWERS INQUIRY INTO THE EUROPEAN UNION FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: SUBMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE SCOPING STUDY

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GRAINGROWERS INQUIRY INTO THE GROWTH POTENTIAL IN AUSTRALIA'S TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONSHIP WITH INDONESIA

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GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION TO THE OFFICE OF THE GENE TECHNOLOGY REGULATOR IN RESPONSE TO THE DICUSSION PAPER: OPTION FOR REGULATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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GRAINGROWERS RESPONSE TO THE TRADE ADVICE NOTICE & THE APPROVED PERMIT FROM APVMA FOR USE OF GLYPHOSATE ON FEED BARLEY PRE-HARVEST

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OPENING STATEMENT TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TREATIES (JSCOT) INQUIRY INTO THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)

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GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION TO THE ASIC REVIEW OF THE CURRENT EXEMPTION TO MANAGED INVESTMENT SCHEMES (INTERESTS NOT FOR MONEY), WHICH INCLUDE GRAIN POOLS

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GRAINGROWERS SUBMISSION TO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER VISA (BACKPACKER TAX) REVIEW

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SECOND SUBMISSION TO INFORM PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION'S INQUIRY INTO REGULATION IN AGRICULTURE

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SUBMISSION TO INFORM THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT IN REGARDS TO IMPENDING NEW HAZARD LABELLING REGULATIONS 

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SUBMISSION TO GRAIN TRADE AUSTRALIA IN RESPONSE TO A SECOND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ON GRAIN TRADING STANDARDS FOR THE 2016/17 HARVEST

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SUBMISSION TO RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO THE PRIMARY INDUSTRIES LEVIES AND CHARGES COLLECTION AMENDMENT BILL 2016

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SUBMISSION TO JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TREATIES INQUIRY TO THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 

Read our submission to the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry to the Trans Pacific Partnership on the potential implications / benefits for Australia's grains industy if the TPP is to be ratified.

SUBMISSION TO THE PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION'S INQUIRY INTO REGULATION IN AGRICULTURE

Read our submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Regulation in Agriculture 

SUBMISSION TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE OrN FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE INQUIRY 

Read our submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into the 'The Role of Development Partnerships in Agriculture and Agribusiness in Promoting Prosperity, Reducing Poverty and Enhancing Stability in the Indo-Pacific Region'

SUBMISSION:  CHANGES TO FARM MANAGEMENT DEPOSIT SCHEME DRAFT LEGISLATION, AS PER AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS WHITE PAPER 

Read our submission in response to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper's proposed changes to the Farm Management Deposit Scheme.

SUBMISSION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STANDING COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Read our submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture Inquiry into 'The role of technology in increasing agricultural productivity in Australia' 

SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE FOREIGN, DEFENCE AND TRADE REFERENCES COMMITTEE

Read our submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

SUBMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS and trade

Read our submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to inform the renewed dialogue between Australia and India with regard to an Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.

SUBMISSION TO THE Department of agriculture  cost recovery task force

Read our submission in responce to the Cost Recovery Implementation Plan (CRIS) – Consultation Draft, Plant Export Certification.

SUBMISSION TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TREATIES INQUIRY TO Chafta

GrainGrowers has reiterated their support for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), through a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties inquiry to ChAFTA. Read the submission. 

SUBMISSION TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS REVIEW

Read our submission in response to the Australian Government Regional Telecommunications Review.

SUBMISSION IN RESPONSE TO THE TAX DISCUSSION PAPER

Read our submission in response to the Re:Think, tax discussion paper, which was released by the Federal Government on 30th March, 2015. 

FEEDBACK ON AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OPTIONS FOR STRENGTHENING AUSTRALIA'S FOREIGN INVESTMENT FRAMEWORK

Read our submission on feedback to the Australian Government options paper for Strengthening Australia’s Foreign Investment Framework.

port terminal access (bulk wheat) code of conduct submission

Read our submission in response to seeking exemption from provisions of the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct – GrainCorp Operations Limited and Emerald Logistics Pty Ltd.

SUBMISSION IN RESPONSE TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMPETITIVENESS GREEN PAPER

Read our submission in response to the Green paper of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper process..

RESPONSE INTO R&D LEVIES IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

Read our submission about the inquiry into R&D levies in the agricultural sector.

INQUIRY INTO THE RURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2014

Read our submission about the inquiry in relation to grains research and development. 

MANDATORY CODE OF CONDUCT PORT TERMINAL ACCESS (BULK WHEAT) REGULATION

Read our submission about the mandatory code of conduct on port access in a deregulated wheat industry.

Grain export supply chain

This submisstion is to the Senate review of Grain export networks, including the on and off farm storage, handling and export of Australian grain. Read the submission

Competition Policy Review

This submission is to the Government review of competition policy including the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA). Read the Submission. 

Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper

GrainGrowers comment on the Federal Government’s Issues Paper as part of the process to develop a White Paper on the Competitiveness of the Agriculture Sector. Read the submission.

Wheat export quality management Assessment

GrainGrowers has provided the Wheat Industry AdvosryTaskforce with feedback to guide their assessment of wheat export quality management processes in Australia. Read our submission here.

GRDC Transition - discussion paper

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) board has initiated a review of the governance structure of the GRDC as a response to identified challenges and future risks. 
As an initial step, the GRDC has formed an industry-led Governance Review Steering Committee to examine this issue and develop a terms of reference to look at a range of governance options for the GRDC including continuing with the current structure.
During the process of review, transition to an Industry Owned Corporation (IOC) has been identified as one way forward.  This change would involve the GRDC being governed primarily by the Corporations Act 2001, compared with the current structure where the GRDC operates as a statutory body under the PIERD Act 1989 with a board appointed by the Minister.  
GrainGrowers has prepared a discussion paper on the implications of the transition of the GRDC to an IOC structure.

 Read it here. 

Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce - Stocks Information

GrainGrowers' submission made to the Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce asks the Government to reinstate funding for ABS Stocks data and provides a recommendation for funds held in the Wheat Industry Special Account.

TEST WEIGHT INCREASE

Our most recent submission was to Grain Trade Australia regarding the proposed test weight increase at the 2013 harvest. You can read Dr Michael Southan's submission on behalf of GrainGrowers here.

Australian Farm Institute Research Agenda

Read our submission here.

AUSTRALIA IN THE ASIAN CENTURY

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia asked GrainGrowers to contribute to the development of country strategies for Japan, China, Indonesia, India and South Korea, as mandated by the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.  Read it here.

datory code of conduct on port access in a deregulated wheat industry