International agriculture subsidies and the impact on Australian agriculture

This Request for Quotation (RFQ) is seeking services to understand the nature and impact of subsidies paid to farmers in agricultural exporting countries and their impact on Australian agricultural producers.

The aim of this project is to provide AgriFutures Australia, and agricultural industries more generally, an understanding of the current state of play with regard to agricultural subsidies paid by major agricultural exporting countries to their domestic producers and provide an analysis of the extent to which those subsidies are impacting Australian agricultural producers. It is hoped this information will arm industries with better information to inform their input into trade policy debate and discussions.

Individuals or organisations making a submission are required to have an understanding of agricultural subsidies, their treatment in international trade negotiations and agreements and Australian agricultural exports. Research on global agricultural subsidies has been undertaken by the OECD. The project is seeking to translate globally available information from the Australian perspective.

This AgriFutures™ National Rural Issues RFQ closed on Friday, 12 July 2019 at 5pm (AEST).


Agricultural markets have traditionally been seen as highly distorted, compared to international markets for industrial goods, for instance. This is due to the application of tariffs, quotas, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures as well as subsidies.


While 10-20 years ago, there was a strong focus on the trade-distorting impact of subsidises, more recently little is known about the current effects and whether it is more severe in some industries than others.


Project requirements

This work is seeking to deliver a base line study to:

1. Consolidate information on key government subsidies – both production, environmental, insurance, trade promotion and other subsidies, provided by governments of major agricultural exporting countries to their domestic agricultural producers

2. Analyse the competitive advantage these payments provide to Australia’s competitors for Australia’s major commodity groups (for example beef, grains, dairy, sugar, horticulture etc.).

Project deliverables

The results of this work are to be presented in a final report. In addition, we are also seeking a separate short project summary highlighting the key points from the analysis. The final report will be developed using AgriFutures™ National Rural Issues report template

and the summary document is to be provided in word format to be designed by AgriFutures Australia. No design costs for the summary should be built into the quotation.


Date                        Activity

19 June 2019           RFQ application open

12 July 2019            RFQ applications close

20 July 2019           Expected execution of contract/issue of agreement

31 October 2019    Expected project completion date



AgriFutures Australia believes that the project should be completed within three to four months. If a longer timeframe is required, the Tenderer should explain why that is the case.

As mentioned, significant global data exists, this RFQ is focused on the translation of the global information for Australian agricultural industries.

Terms of reference

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement.

The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia may accept or decline to accept the Respondent’s Quotation in its discretion. No commitments or contract exists until a contract in the form of the Provider Agreement is executed by both parties. The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia is not required to enter into any contract in connection with the RFQ.

The Respondent agrees that participation in any stage of the RFQ process is at the Respondent’s sole risk and cost.

Acceptance of a Quotation will occur only when an Agreement is issued or a contract is executed.

AgriFutures Australia, at its discretion, may discontinue this RFQ, decline to accept any Quotation, decline to issue any contract, or satisfy its requirement separately from this RFQ process.


How to make a submission

Responses to the RFQ are to be submitted online via Clarity. Please ignore the budget table in the online Clarity application form and upload a separate budget table that provides a breakdown of the salary, operating and travel costs and the overall total project cost. No specific template is provided for the budget.

Users must create a Clarity account before submitting a quotation. To set up a secure account before making a submission, contact the AgriFutures Australia helpdesk for a username and password, and quote the title of this RFQ:

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If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements in the management services, please contact:

Jennifer Medway

Senior Manager, Business Development (National Rural Issues)