Review of Australia’s agricultural Export Policies and Programs


In February 2008 the government announced a comprehensive review of Australia's export policies and programs to assess the challenges and develop a strategic, wholeofgovernment approach to advancing Australia’s international economic and commercial interests. This research will analyse Australia’s most recent free trade agreements (FTAs) – with the United States, Singapore and Thailand – to assess their net benefits and include a comparative analysis of Australia’s FTAs with those concluded by other countries. It will examine options for ensuring that FTAs strengthen the WTO multilateral trade system, including benchmarks for any future agreements Australia may negotiate.


National Rural Issues

Research Organisation

Centre for International Economics

Objective Summary

The purpose of this submission to the panel set up to Review of Export Policies and Programs (the Review Panel) is to submit the main ideas and findings of a program of relevant research into one main area of Australia’s exports, namely agriculture. The research has been conducted by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) under its Global Competitiveness Program. That research suggests new challenges and directions for Australian policies to improve our agricultural export performance. The submission is structured as follows: A brief review of the main points about Australia’s agricultural exports and some commentary on how the global environment will change over the next decade. A brief description of RIRDC’s Global Competitiveness Program. A summary of the main findings of that research over the last five years ; and Identification of the key themes and challenges for Australian policy.

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Project Start Date

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Project Completion Date

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Soil, water and managing natural resources

National Priority

NRI-National Rural Issues