What we will achieve
Alongside collaborators from industry, research and government we are focusing our research around tools and technologies that can verify the quality, safety, origins and ‘clean and green’ credentials of our produce and which can automate compliance systems. These will provide the flexibility that is needed to export to more places, expanding the market and creating new opportunities, new jobs and an increased economic return to the nation.
We have designed six work packages where there is a clear path to impact for our research and development. Three of these provide underpinning research with broad applicability: customer trust, sensors and digital privacy.
The remaining three work packages will deliver direct impact, with projects underway in collaboration with horticulture and/or red meat sectors.
- Market access - developing and testing new approaches to meeting the regulatory requirements of Australia’s trading partners, and to give Australia access to as many export markets as possible. Trade barriers under consideration include pest, disease and food safety standards, and also other credentials such as sustainability and animal welfare benchmarks.
- Automating compliance - reducing the cost of meeting compliance obligations through automation on digital tracing platforms, and also using sensors and other remote technologies to augment existing export processing audit requirements.
- Verifying credentials – establishing a national provenance database as a repository for all underpinning information needed to independently test and irrefutably verify supply chain information. This will support validation of origin of production based on food samples, or confirm the physical product is accurately linked to its digital record.