Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation program

​​​​​Grants are available for projects aimed at promoting cooperation in accessing international markets, through the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) program.

The ATMAC program is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support Australian agricultural industry:

  • open, improve and maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products
  • build stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations.

Find out if your idea is eligible and apply now to access opportunities to grow market access.

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Available funding

Total grant program funding of $3.1 million (GST exclusive) is available over four years from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2019.

Individual grants are available in the range of $55,000 to $1.65 million (GST inclusive) and are allocated until the total funding available for each financial year has been filled.

Funding available for each financial year:

  • 2018–19: $55,000 – applications are closed as the funding is fully allocated
  • 2017–18: $1.65 million - applications ON HOLD** pending a review of funding allocations
  • 2016–17: $1.65 million – applications are closed as the funding is fully allocated.
  • 2015–16: $55,000 – applications are closed as the funding is fully allocated.

** The ATMAC program is currently unable to accept applications for grant funding due to an internal review of funding allocations. Information on the program’s status will be updated on this site. Applicants who have already submitted an application for funding will be advised outcomes as soon as possible.

Eligibility

Before you apply for a grant, make sure that your proposed project meets eligibility requirements.

Applicants must:

  • have an ABN
  • be capable of entering into a legally binding agreement with the Commonwealth
  • seek project funding of at least $55,000 (GST inclusive).

Examples of eligible individuals and entities include:

  • industry bodies
  • education, research and academic institutions
  • rural and regional associations
  • state and territory and local governments.

Location of eligible project activities can be in Australia or overseas.

Details of grant eligibility are available in the ATMAC grant program guidelines.

Funding priorities

Applications will be assessed against the funding priorities for the current financial year.

Funding priorities for 2017–18 are for projects that:

  • help realise market access opportunities created for Australian exporters under recently ratified free trade agreements
  • contribute to the negotiation of protocols for new and improved market access.

This may include projects that:

  • address regional biosecurity risks
  • contribute to the negotiation of protocols for new and improved market access
  • help Australia’s agriculture sector to realise export opportunities
  • influence regional and international policymaking
  • may result in real gains in access, providing additional returns to Australian farmers and food producers.

Types of projects that meet the objectives of the ATMAC program and may attract funding include:

  • research and development projects
  • training programs
  • practical demonstration activities
  • those that support delegation visits, missions or technical exchanges
  • attending relevant conferences or workshops
  • working groups.

Apply for a grant

Please note that the ATMAC program is ON HOLD and is currently unable to accept applications for grant funding due to an internal review of funding allocations.  Information on the program’s status will be updated on this site. Applicants who have already submitted an application for funding will be advised outcomes as soon as possible.

Funded projects

Information on projects funded through the ATMAC program is available on the department’s central grants registry. Please refer to the PBS program Title 1.13 International Market Access and the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Program.

Departmental cooperation activities

As part of funding available for trade and market access cooperation activities through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has been allocated an additional $1.9 million for use on activities administered within the Department. 

The following activities have been approved for funding:

ProjectTotal FundingDescriptionRecipient
​Breeding seminar$43,203The project aims to build and enhance linkages between Australian and Vietnamese breeding industries, including the exchange of technical expertise that will facilitate the development of the Vietnamese breeding sector.Meat & Livestock Australia Limited
Showcasing Australia's biosecurity system - Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency (IAQA) study tour$20,540The study tour for IAQA staff will showcase Australia's expertise in managing biosecurity in response to a request from the Indonesian Government at the most recent Working Group on Agriculture, Food and Forestry Cooperation (WGAFFC) meeting held in November 2015. Delegates will visit the Melbourne airport and gateway (mail) facility, Port Melbourne and the new Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Mickleham and participate in policy and strategy information workshops in Canberra.Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Strengthening capabilities to develop and implement OIE international animal health and welfare standards$300,000Project aims to increase OIE member country participation in OIE standards settings processes by 5% through the implementation of seminars in OIE regions of Asia, Far East and Pacific, and Middle East.World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Cooperation on fisheries management between Australia and China$157,780Collaboration with China to facilitate improved cooperation on sustainable fisheries management and research on fisheries strategies for key migratory stocks in the region and share information on issues associated with harvest strategy approaches for key migratory fish stocks.Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Analysis of European Union trade barriers faced by the Australian red meat industry$30,000Grant for a scoping study into technical and economic red meat market access barriers in the European Union.Meat & Livestock Australia Limited
Strengthening Thailand's capability in conducting prawn viral disease testing and quarantine management$11,000The project aims to enhance the capacity of Thai animal health laboratories to conduct the testing required to meet Australia's requirements for the import of prawns without additional on-arrival testing for diseases of concern such as yellow head virus.CSIRO
Laboratory Cooperation Program with Indonesia$85,875Enhance existing Indonesian laboratory capability and methodologies, and promote greater understanding of the national residue monitoring systems of both Australia and Indonesia.Australian Government National Measurement Institute
Research to support pesticide MRL setting within Codex$75,000Independent analysis of pesticide residue exposure estimates from both current and newly proposed equations, to support science-based standards development in the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues.World Health Organisation
Voluntary contribution to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for a review of Viet Nam’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors$140,000This review will assist to clarify the current and potential contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to incomes, nutritious food and trade; take stock of policies currently in place in Viet Nam; and make policy recommendations.Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
China-Australia Joint Framework on Expanding Agricultural Cooperation – Plan of Action (2017-2019) on Implementing Agricultural Products Between the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China Agricultural price volatility and implications of policy responses$250,000A collaborative research project between Australia and China to analyse agricultural price volatility in China’s grain industry.Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences
China-Australia Joint Framework on Expanding Agricultural Cooperation – Plan of Action (2017-2019) on Implementing Agricultural Products Between the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China – Measuring Agricultural Total Factor Productivity in China – Pattern and Drivers$285,000A collaborative research project between Australia and China to analyse the patterns of agricultural productivity in both countries.Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences
Technical market collaboration with Japan - Australian Live Cattle$140,930The project aims to support trade in Australian live cattle with Japan through technical collaboration on diseases of importance to the Japanese. The particular focus of the collaboration with be Johne’s disease, a disease under eradication in Japan.Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Australia - China Technical Exchange on fruit fly and locusts monitoring, prevention and control$30,000Technical collaboration between Australia and China to hold a bilateral workshop to exchange knowledge for monitoring, preventing and controlling agricultural pests of concern to Australia and China.  This program will seed professional and government-to-government linkages for ongoing collaboration between Australia and China, as well as other nations participating in the locust workshop: England and the United States, and potentially others.Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
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