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
Centre for International Economics
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.
Project Start Date
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Project Completion Date
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Journal Articles From Project
An environmentally sustainable Australia
Soil, water and managing natural resources
NRI-National Rural Issues